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July 2015 newsletter


In this newsletter, we tell you about our upcoming feature of the Tour de France on facebook,
a photo a day as well as other recent goings on in France; have new places for sale and rent;
provide details of Bastille Day events as well as facts about, and recipes for, it and Le Tour.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

Our Facebook features Tour de France photo a day

Thanks to our facebook followers, we now have 2000+ page likes, merci! Recent posts have included some interesting stories about things happening in France:

- Fete de la Musique heralding the start of summer

- annual outdoor Diner en Blanc in the heart of Paris

- removal of the loved (and hated) Pont des Arts locks

- a new Versailles statue of a Queen's very private part

- berets et baguettes bike ride through streets of Paris.

For more on these, scroll through our facebook posts.

Le Tour de France
has started and as soon as the race hits the French border (from Holland), we will be posting a photo a day from French places it passes. In a post today, an Aussie rider has won the first stage!

This year the route will go through: La Somme battlefields as well as Arras and Amiens, Normandy landing beaches/harbour villages, Brittany including Rennes, Valence, Rodez, Pau and the Pyrenees.

So if you aren't a follower already, like us even for the next three weeks to see some of France's best places.

New places for sale in the Limousin and Languedoc

Two new Limousin places for sale:

This three bedroom, two bathroom, renovated property is at the end of a cul-de-sac of 4 properties and is completely walled off for superb privacy. The village the house is in of Dinsac is very pretty,  with a thriving community. Features include a stunning and spacious fully fitted kitchen with utility room, luxurious lounge with gas fire, and well lit dining room, an office and downstairs WC, paved patio areas and garage. Price 200,000 euro (with furniture extra) Detail/photos

Feuilles: This attractive detached modern 2-story house set in half an acre of grounds is located in a quiet, pleasant hamlet in easy walking distance of the thriving village of St Sulpice Les Feuilles. Features include ground floor apartment, wood burner in lounge, above ground pool, terrace/patios and garage. Price: 285,000 euro Detail/photos

Languedoc properties for sale: The two very reasonably priced properties for sale in our previous newsletter both sold but we have another 2 bedroom village house available for 55,000 euro. For details and to watch out for similar properties coming up go to: Also there you will find one of Tim's rental properties for sale - his apartment in Carcassonne for 125,000 euro including furniture/ fittings.Tim has a turned this property into a good rental investment. The 3rd floor apartment has 2 bedrooms and is centrally located along the main walking mall in the city close to cafes, squares, shops and the cite (left). The apartment is spacious and light with a large open living area, modern bathroom and separate toilet. Rental detail/photos  Email us enquiries

The part share properties we have advertised have all sold very fast - we have one left in the southwest of France, a quarter share at 48,500 euro, so be quick! The owners of one of the recent past part share properties we sold have now listed it with us for rent:

Le Portail Neuf, a comfortable and authentic village house in the lively provencal wine village of Beaumes de Venise, in the beautiful Vaucluse region of Provence, located within the old walls of the village, adjacent to one of the original gateways. It has been sympathetically renovated yet retaining its original character. A terra cotta tiled balcony overlooks the Place du Portail Neuf with its fountain and views across the village to Mont Ventoux. Rent $1150 a week. 


Bastille Day events being held around our country

Sydney has Bastille Day at the Rocks and a Blue Blanc Rouge French world festival/village/party on prior. Brisbane's festival is on the weekend before, then Melbourne's festival is on the weekend after. For other areas, check with your local Alliance Francaise.

French recipes for Bastille Day + Le Tour de France

What better way to celebrate things French this month while watching the Tour or on Bastille Day, than to make the very traditional and easy croque monsieur and/or crepes, either/both with a complementary kir.

Facts about France's national holiday Bastille Day

Bastille Day commemorates the seizing of the Bastille prison by the people on 14 July 1789 which was the start of the French Revolution. Being its national holiday, France celebrates with parties and parades. Read more about the day as well as facts about it.

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