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June 2014 newsletter


In this newsletter, we share with you information about Normandy and the D Day beaches
plus places to rent there; tell you about new places for sale in France and have details
about upcoming property events/1 DAY SPECIALS including a pass to give away to the
current French film out 'the Volcano'; and, provide Bastille Day activities, recipes and facts.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: Join the 1500 others who follow us on facebook in between newsletters - keep up with
things happening in France like the recent dinner in white in Paris and the start of summer.
We cover the Tour de France in July with at least one post a day of places along the route.

Normandy beaches on the D-day 70th anniversary

While Australia might have only had a few thousand troops involved in the D-day landings and lost 13 men, these numbers grew as the WWII offensive pushed closer to Germany. In total over 5000 Australian lives were lost including 1000 during the months of the full Normandy campaign. There was even fighting on our WWI cemetery in the Somme. To recognise the Aussie effort to liberate France, WA FACCI WA has started a Merci Down Under campaign:

Visiting the Normandy landing beaches is a worthwhile and moving experience with many memorials and museums along the way to give you the full experience. The American cemetery at the western end of the beaches is the most well known site being featured 'Saving Private Ryan', with the row upon row of white crossed graves. Mont Saint Michel and other places of interest like Rennes and Bayeau are not too far away from this site either. There are many other cemeteries along the coast like the small one we visited for ANZAC Day in Hermanville near Caen.

The Normandy coast is not just all about WWII. It is a tourist destination without this war history. Normandy is well known for its beach resorts, port villages, unique architecture, crepes, seafood and cider. Driving along the coast road you come across many great places including
Deauville, site of a famous American film festival each year, and the gorgeous and historic Honfleur harbour town. It is no wonder, many artists, including Monet, spent a lot of painting time there.

Normandy and northwest France properties to rent

If you are inspired now to visit Normandy when you next travel to France, we have these Aussie owned properties you can rent as a base to explore from:

- a 2 bedroom 18th century converted granite stone barn:

- a unique simple French farmhouse in a tiny hamlet:

Also not too far away, just a little further west in Brittany, are these two charming Breton gites:

New places for sale and property purchasing help

Two new Aussie owned places in the SW are for sale:

- a 3 level and 3 bedroom renovated Charentes village house overlooking a river and castle, with proven rental experience (130,000 euro);

-  a 4 bedroom and 2 living converted Midi-Pyrenees village farmhouse on 5.5km2 land with fireplace, attic, exterior bread oven and vegi garden (245,000 euro).

It was great to have so many people participate in our first webinar last week. We know that the timing wasn't ideal for all and we will be planning another to be held shortly out of business hours (watch for an email soon to register) as well as a workshop in Brisbane on 16 August - book now! Webinar attendees were given a special offer which expires today - good news is we are opening this up to all for ONE DAY/TODAY ONLY:
- buy any eguide, receive Sharon's ebook for free
- book into the workshop, get an eguide pack free
- come on tour, get ebook, eguides and workshop.

New French film 'The Volcano' starring Dany Boon

THE VOLCANO sees a divorced couple Alain (Dany Boon - Welcome To The Sticks, Micmacs) and Valerie (Valerie Bonneton - Little White Lies, Skylab), whose mutual hatred knows no bounds, travelling on the same flight to their daughter's wedding in Greece. However, a volcano in Iceland grounds flights which changes their plans significantly as Alain and Valerie make their way from Paris to Greece by many means, all of which are hysterical. The movie is made by the same team behind HEARTBREAKER and INTOUCHABLES. This no 1 French box office hit is now in release around the country. Sharon rates this movie as 'very funny' and 3.5 stars. More at:

Anyone who takes up our special offer above goes into the draw for a free double pass to the movie.

Celebrate France's national day on the east coast

On the weekend before Bastille Day, you can go to:

- Brisbane's French festival at South Bank - we will be there, why not drop by our stall and say 'bonjour'; or

- Sydney's Bleu Blanc Rouge festival Circular Quay

For Bastille Day you might want to get into the French spirit with one of our French homewares/gifts for you or others - choose from berets, luggage tags (for your next trip to France), Eiffel Tower cookie cutters, metal postcards and more (from $12.50):

French recipes to make to recognise Bastille Day

Another way to feel French for France's day would be to cook a traditional meal/dessert - what about:

   - coq au vin (chicken in red wine)
   - macaroons (almond sweet)
   - quiche lorraine (egg pastry dish)
   - creme brulee (custard dessert)

or one of 50 others:

Facts about Bastille Day/France's national day

Bastille Day is on 14 July - there are many events across France and Paris that celebrate the day (such as Eiffel Tower fireworks and Champs Elysees parade) and a lot of history associated with it, read more at: and

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