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July 2013 Bastille Day newsletter


In this newsletter, we share with you how you can also travel the route of the Tour de France;
have new French places for sale and rent; tell you about a new French movie (+win passes);
and, provide recipes for cocktails you can make for, and facts about, Bastille Day today.

Bonne Fete Nationale
Sharon et David

PS: Finalising numbers for our property purchasing tour 23-27 Sept - last chance to come

Enjoying the Tour route? You can with/out a bike.

Are you enjoying Le Tour so far this year? The scenery is just superb and so classically French as you would expect from the centennial Tour de France. If you have seen some places you like (might be harder to narrow them down), we have places to rent in most areas the Tour route has gone and is to go through.

The Tour started from Corsica, the first time it had ever been there, with its mountains plunging down into the sea next to beautiful harbourside towns; then across the Mediterranean (tourists cross by car ferry or air) to the Riviera from Nice to Marseille before heading off from Aix-en-Provence past some of our favourite places: Les Baux de Provence and Beaucaire. Looking forward to the tour coming back this way again to scale Mont Ventoux tonight before spending their rest day in Vaucluse with its many villages. We have many choices of places to stay in Provence near the coast (Les Arcs, Sanary, new Grasse - see below) and inland (Jouques, Pernes, Venasque, Saignon, La Kalliste, Menerbes and our place in Isle sur la Sorgue).

The Languedoc down to the Pyrenees was beautiful. Choose from many places in these areas: Vallabrix, Herepian, St Genies, Pezenas, Caunes Minervois, Carcassonne, Olonzac, and a Pau chateau.

Up north, the Tour rested in Saint Nazaire near Nantes before heading further north to Brittany, Dinan, Saint Malo and Mont Saint Michel before traversing the country passing through the Loire Valley. Properties to stay near these places include our place in Pouzauges, a Vendee beachhouse, Normandy short term and long term rentals and new Brittany gites (see below).

Back down across the country to Lyon (Bessenay) last night near where the tour will return to do the final mountain stages in the Alps (see our chalet rental).

If you missed any of the Tour, you can go back through our facebook posts/photos for the past two weeks, then follow for the remaining stages into Paris.

New places for sale in the south and south west

Minervois: This three-storey property has been divided into two apartments: a spacious ground floor self-contained gite, and a fabulous four-bedroom apartment featuring open-plan living and roof terrace. Total rental potential at least 1000 euro per week. Enjoy 300 days of sunshine is this fabulous property in the south of France - your very own place in the sun! 

Price: 245,000 euro         Details/photos

Nerac: A superb 17th century 'Maison de Maitre'. Located in a picturesque medieval hilltop village on the outskirts of Nerac, a pretty riverside market town with its stunning Henry IV chateau. The stone built 4 bedroom (with room for more) village house has been renovated to a high standard, and includes landscaped garden and salt water swimming pool. Generates income as a summer let.

Price: 499,950 euro                Photos/details

New gite for rent in Brittany and villa on the Riviera

These two charming gites in Brittany allow you to explore this fascinating region of France. These properties have been carefully renovated to retain their original Breton features, whilst incorporating modern comfort and facilities. Located near Plessala, a friendly market village in central Brittany, La Fontaine Rouillee is a tiny hamlet that nestles in rural tranquillity. These gites are close to Dinan, St Malo (near Mont Saint Michel) and Rennes. Vieille Longere sleeps 2-6 guests and La Belle Maison sleeps up to 4. Stay for a week or just a few days. Rent from $400 a week.

Situated in the St. Jean quartier of Grasse, the perfume capital of France, this stunning 19th Century stone built Mas offers spectacular views over the Bay of Cannes. It is 1km from the medieval hilltop village of Grasse and close to Nice and the Riviera. This luxury home caters for up to 12 adults with large bedrooms, 2 living areas, open stone fireplace, landscaped gardens with numerous olive trees and a large entertaining deck under a beautiful Centenary Lime tree. The
12 x 6m infinity pool overlooks the countryside to the Mediterranean and there is a boule court and table tennis table. Rent $4500 a week.

New, very funny French film to be released here

What’s In A Name (Le Prenom) is the next French film to be released on 25 July. It is set at a dinner of childhood friends, where one announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant past matters. We have already seen this movie and thought it was a very humorous drama; we highly recommend it:

We will have a few free passes to give away via facebook next week, so like us if you don't already.

Recipes for Bastille Day French cocktails to make

Bastille Day today - if you haven't been to one of the French events on this week, there is still time to make a French cocktail to celebrate, maybe a kir or kir royale (with champagne) or a French martini?

Facts about Bastille Day/France's national fete/day

Bastille Day (le quatorze juillet) commemorates the seizing of the Bastille prison by the people on 14 July 1789. This was the start of the French Revolution. When the national day commenced, French Parliament said it should be celebrated with all the brilliance local resources could allow and it certainly always has.
Read facts about Bastille day, things people do on the day and a blog we were asked to write about it. Play the French national anthem - La Marseillaise.

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