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June 2012 newsletter


In this newsletter, we share with you research on favourite pastimes of the French, tell you
about having children in France and fantastic new French market pieces you can buy here;
give you info on new properties in France to rent and buy plus our revised regional e-guide;
have plenty of activities for you on Bastille Day; and, provide facts about summer in France
as well as recipes for kir et kir royale and inform you how to learn more about champagne

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: in between newsletters keep up to date with French activity by following us on facebook;
we also have regular competitions on our facebook site, see below for this month's draw

French spend most time shopping, eating and sleeping

According to a recently released OECD report, the French spend more time in their day shopping, sleeping and eating than any other country.

While the French on average spend 32 minutes a day shopping, Australians aren't that far behind coming in third after the partially French influenced Canada.

Within the OECD, the French sleep much longer than those in other countries (average 8.5 hours a night) and spend more time eating and drinking (average more than two hours a day), nearly double Americans.

I can see now more of why I relate to France and the French as these are some of my favourite pastimes as well...combien, bon appetit, salut et bonne nuit!   Sharon

French properties for rent and sale + revised eguide

Located in Provence, Solièra is a beautiful renovated stone built 17th century heritage property on the edge of the hilltop village of Saignon in the heart of Vaucluse. This 2+ bedroom tastefully decorated property has its own alfresco dining terrace and garden with views of the Luberon. Rent from $850 per week:

The owner of the 15th century three level house in the picturesque bastide village of Monflanquin is offering a last minute French summer special price of $100 off rentals for July and August. Also the owners of rental properties Puis-je near Carcassonne and in La Cachette in Varzy Burgundy have updated photos of their properties recently.

Set in the heart of the medieval French village of
Sciez-sur-Leman, this old 19th century café has undergone renovation with the finest timbers, fixtures and fittings. The house comprises four bedrooms, three bathrooms, office, utility room, heated glasshouse, private garden and off-street parking. Located in Rhone Alpes between Evian and Geneva with Lake Geneva only 2km and skiing 45 minutes away. Price 800,000 euro (or $650 AUD a week for long term let):

Ski fields make Rhone Alpes an attractive region and Provence continues to be popular to buy/rent but purchasing is expensive. Find out more in our recently updated regional guide for sale for $19.95.

Upcoming French events notably those for Bastille Day

In just four weeks, it is time again for the Brisbane French festival, now in its third year and still the largest celebration of things French in the country. This year it is even more exciting as it is being held on Bastille Day, Sat 14 July. There will be 13 hours of non stop entertainment and over 60 stalls including ours.

For more details about this free event in Brisbane:

For those outside Qld, don't worry, there are plenty of other activities happening for Bastille day and the Melbourne French festival is only a few months away.

AUSTRALIA: Oz guide to all things French

How better to celebrate Bastille Day than with French champagne? Did you know that there are almost 50 million bubbles in just one bottle of the bubbly liquid?

Someone who know everything there is to know about champagne is our own international award-winning(including a French knighthood) champagne expert, Bernadette O'Shea. As well as writing books about the stuff, she also runs champagne clubs, courses, dinners and tours. Sharon had the great pleasure of meeting Bernadette and, while only really liking kir royale (with champagne in it, see below) before, is now a convert after being educated on the many different types of champagne and finding one she really liked!
Learn more about champagne/Bernadette's courses.

Parisian influence has new market pieces from France

Janelle from Parisian influence has recently arrived back from her month long buying trip to France. From scouring many local markets, she found unique pieces. By the end of her trip, the vendors became quite familiar with the Australian who rattled down the lane with her large panier trolley, getting a few bonjours from the regulars. As well as her great market finds, she has lots of beautiful antique linen sheets, copper pots and many other unusual French pieces. These will add to the beautiful new ranges Janelle had previously purchased from the Maison & Objet fair in Paris. All of these will be arriving and for sale late June, so keep an eye out on the Parisian influence website, link available at:

Books about French children and taking kids to France

Thought when first seeing this book, French Children don't Throw Food, besides being reminded of Mireille Guiliano's book, how true - French children are well behaved. Hadn't thought about it before, but the author of this book, an American who reluctantly had to live in Paris for a time, Pamela Druckerman, is absolutely right. Have never seen a French child throw a tantrum in the supermarket or French parents having to reprimand kids at a restaurant. So what was the answer, why is this so? Wish we had have had this book before raising our children but the answer, as this book explains, revolves around the notion of seemingly selfish parenting but really parents in France are just showing love using French culture. You can see elements of well-documented theories like controlled crying and routine, not that the French do it because of this, it is just what they do! For any soon to be parent, a not to miss practical guide.

Always wanted to take the kids to Europe but don’t know how they’ll cope? In Europe with Kids, Carolyn Schonafinger, owner and founder of Holidays To Europe, brings you tips, recommendations and first-hand knowledge (as well as suggestions from other Aussies) on experiencing a European family holiday that everyone will enjoy and will suit your budget. Having enjoyed numerous holidays in Europe with her kids, Carolyn is passionate about sharing her tips with other families. The 80 page book is jam-packed full of useful information to get the most out of a European family holiday. Her recommendations for places to go in France were valid and weren't just Paris Disneyland!

To order a copy of this book, also soon available electronically, go to

To win one of Carolyn's books, like us on facebook; all those following us go into the draw on the first day of summer in France ie. 21 June (see below).

Recipes for French alcoholic drinks: kir and kir royale

To celebrate the upcoming French national Day, consider these very French cocktails with red liqueurs: kir with creme de cassis and white wine; and, kir royale with chambord and champagne:


Facts about summer (ete) in France

During the week, June 21 marks the official start of ete in France as well as the beginning of the Fete de la Musique which is a fitting welcome for the three months of festivals and fetes summer brings.


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