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July 2009 newsletter

Bienvenue  First Name to this month's newsletter - hope you enjoyed your Bastille Day!
In this edition, read about the seductive film 'Cheri'; the Tour de France ending this week;
how to make macaroons; the Paris beach season; French antiques and culture here...

Bastille Day highlights affinity Oz has with France
Events around Bastille Day highlight how taken we are here with French culture. In Brisbane, 350 people came to the Grand Dinner Ball and over 5,000 crowded into the Old Museum for the French Expo (see photos). At our Expo stand we were amazed by the number of people who were planning trips to France and wanting to rent places to stay - in response, we will be starting to rent out other people's places in addition to our own.

Last month when David was in France assisting people with their property purchases, he caught up with the Paris Aussie Expats group which has 750 members. With David's help while there, Todd, who came to our last Melbourne workshop (see next one below), is now buying a place in Burgundy - we will follow his hopefully successful house purchase in upcoming newsletters...

How an Aussie shares her French antique passion After living in French Canada and Europe, now Kate Sandford has returned home to share her love of searching out original and authentic French antiques. The pieces Kate finds are those with histoires – both in the sense of history but also in the stories that are reflected in the beautiful patinas as well as the rust and chips of paint. Visiting the non-public dealer to dealer antique markets, she finds some really unique pieces.

Check out Kate's specially hand selected antiques at She also takes people on antique shopping expeditions to France – she will be there late Sept/early Oct if you would like to join her.

Histoires: Unique French antiques for everyday living    

Le Paris Plage makes its Ete appearance again
It has started again this year for summer, sand on the more about this annual phenomenon at  and/or see photos of the 2009 beach at


Upcoming French desire events  on in Brisbane

* French Book Fair on Tuesday night 18 August at Mary Ryan's Milton includes French nibbles, books on display and reviews for $15 per person. Hurry, this event has been popular with half the venue's capacity booked already:

* Property purchasing workshop on 5 September  early bird closes end July - book now to receive $50 off the price and tickets to the move 'Cheri' (see below)

Watch out for info about the Noumea immersion tour  


Indulge in a wicked game of seduction with Cheri
Set in pre-WWI Paris, Cheri tells the story of a love affair between the beautiful retired courtesan Léa (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Chéri, son of her rival, Madame Peloux (Kathy Bates). The movie is based on the two famous novels by French writer Colette and has the same director as 'The Queen' and 'Dangerous Liaisons'. One review said it was a real treat - luxuriate in its splendour, now on - see

Recipe for macaroons: just like in Paris patisseries

Facts about the Tour de France cycling race: go to - be quick to see this year's last stage up Mont Ventoux (only an hour away from our Provence place) before the final leg up the Champs Elysees.

A bientot
Sharon et David

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