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June 2013 newsletter


In this newsletter, we share with you information about this year's historic Tour de France;
have new French places for sale and rent; tell you about a French antique dealer's travels;
outline details of upcoming Bastille Day events and a new French movie (free passes also);
and, provide a recipe for apple tart as well as facts about summer in France starting Friday.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

Follow this year's centennial Tour de France race

This year's 100th Tour de France is very special. To commemorate this famous event, the Tour for 2013 will be in France only and the route will go past all time iconic spots. After starting on 29 June in the beautiful, mountainous island of Corsica, the race then heads to the Riviera running from Nice to Marseille before restarting in Aix-en-Provence.

After the obligatory Pyrenees climb, riders head north to Nantes then Brittany and Mont St Michel. Back down south then via the Loire Valley and Lyon to more mountains including Mont Ventoux (on Bastille Day) ending in Annecy before the final stage from Versailles to the Champs in Paris on 21 July.

This will be a Tour not to be missed. Follow by:

- liking us on facebook for our daily updates/photos

- watching on SBS every night for their coverage

- getting all the detail from the official 2013 tour site.

You can also read more about the Tour de France:

New places for sale in Midi-Pyrenees in France

This characteristic semi-detached house is located in a small street in the centre of the historic town of St Antonin Noble-Val in the Tarn et Garonne. The property has three levels with views and is ready to move into - all for the low price of only 75,000 euro:

There are also two more NEW Midi-Pyrenees places for sale including one 13th century stone mansion to restore:

: the Aussie 2 in 1 place in St Antonin, Provence has been reduced to $370,000 AUD. We will be visiting the renovated 300 yo stone house in Bellac Limousin on our property purchasing tour, why not join us or buy this stylish place before we see it.

New Normandy long-term let and house for sale

Both of these stone houses are available to you to either rent (top) or buy (bottom) in Normandy. They are near the landing beaches, Caen, Bayeux (with its tapestry) and Saint Malo/Mont Saint Michel.

The property for rent is an exceptional opportunity for visiting academics, artists and others who want a taste of unspoilt rural France where you can live for a month+ in a unique family owned, furnished, simple French farmhouse with a large living area downstairs and loft sleeping area above. Rent $1700 a month.

The property for sale has 5 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 reception rooms as well as a large paved terrace. There is an additional large stone building suitable as workshop/potential gite plus an acre of land and excellent views to the open countryside. Price reduced to 280,000 euro.   

Rent a chalet in the French Alps next ski season

Meribel was the first ski resort we ever visited in France and it remains our favourite. It is the prettiest by far we believe and perfectly placed right on the ski slopes with exceptional Alp views. This Aussie owned self-catering chalet can sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms all with en-suites. It is set within a 16th century stone barn, which has been renovated to a high standard, giving you a luxurious, welcoming base for your holiday in the heart of the Three Valleys (Les Trois Valees) in the French Alps. Meribel is in the centre of this area which is the largest high altitude ski domain in the world, offering more than 600 km of groomed runs plus extensive off-piste terrain all accessible via 200 lifts. A week's rental during the winter season ranges from $2000-$4500 or if you prefer a summer mountain vacation, you can rent it for under $1000:

Penny's big brocante buying trip to France

How great would it be to have a job that required going to France to buy antiques. Well, Penny Attiwill has all that with her French antique store in Melbourne, La Brocante. She recently arrived home after a buying trip - read all about her French travels:

Not all of us can be so lucky to have Penny's life but you can have some of the wonderful items she found when she was in France - they are fresh from being unloaded from packing crates direct from overseas:


Upcoming French events: movie and Bastille Day

The preview of the film being released on 27 June,  In the House/Dans La Maison looks fantastic. It stars English-turned-French actress Kristen Scott-Thomas and the fabulous Fabrice Luchini. The movie tells the story of a 16 year old boy who insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his teacher. This leads to a series of uncontrollable events. We are very lucky to have a few free passes to give away - follow us on facebook and watch out for a post next week for entry into the draw.
Read more about this movie and see its trailer at:

Bastille Day is less than a month away and most capital cities have events on - check these out on French Australia...Bonne Fete Nationale

- Brisbane has a Bastille Day Soiree and a champagne breakfast at the Sofitel;

- Sydney has a Bastille Day celebration at the Rocks, a long weekend French festival at Customs House and a champagne breakfast at Parliament of NSW;

- Melbourne has a Bastille Day party at Red Bennies and an Arty Aperitif at the NGV Monet exhibition;

- Perth has a Bastille Day Ball at Freemantle harbour;

- Adelaide has a Breakfast at the Maritime Museum.

Full details of these Bastille Day French events at:

Recipe for apple (pomme) tart (Tarte Normande)
Normandy, a region in the north of France, is famous for its apples and Calvados brandy. This French apple (pomme) tart recipe uses both of these:

Facts about summer/ete and holidays in France

Summer starts on 21 June in France. It is welcomed by the Fete de la Musique and followed by many festivals as well as the French taking their summer holidays. Read more about summer in France

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