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March 2010 newsletter


In this newsletter, we have a great new Languedoc property for sale along with an update
on French property prices, tell you about a little known but beautiful area of France you can
stay in as well as a new Aussie themed rental property, review a French movie from the FFF
now showing and have another painting auction, a ratatouille recipe and facts about Easter.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: Don't forget about the special offer still on for online French tutoring - Stephanie can
help you set up Skype for free so you can are right to start your French lessons at anytime.

Property for sale, price update and tour places left

A magnificent 4 bedroom renovated house (with 4 more rooms to do up) set over 3 floors with an attached 2 bedroom gite and workshop/courtyard/barn/grounds which have possibility for more gites and/or a pool etc. The village of Azille is in the famous Minervois wine area in Aude in the south of the Languedoc/Roussilon region. For more details, click here. Price 450,000 euro.

French property prices continued to stabilise in the  Dec quarter and are expected to continue to do so in 2010 according to the French real estate institute, due to the French economy not recovering as much as ours. Property is now the most affordable it has been in years.

Due to overwhelming interest, we have extended the number of people we can take on our property purchasing tour to our region of southwest France. If you are interested in coming along from 21-25 June, let us know and we can save you one or more of the few seats we still have left. You will find details of the tour at:

Little known Lot Valley: culture, history and beauty
The Lot Valley is a peaceful and rural area of France where you can wander around medieval villages that don't seem to have changed over the last few hundred years. In between the Dordogne, Bordeaux and Riviera, the Lot is one of the last forgotten corners of France:

You can stay in a renovated historic stone village house owned by one of our members, right in the heart of the Lot Valley:

To view other French properties for rent, just click here.

New member place to rent with an Aussie theme
This charming newly renovated holiday house is affordable and well appointed in a traditional  Limousin village far away from tourists. Choose from the attic bedroom with exposed beams or the 2nd bedroom with an open fireplace and large panoramic windows looking out to the church opposite and further beyond to the surrounding countryside. You can also see the church from the front al fresco dining stone courtyard. Rental $450-$650/wk:

Don't forget,
specials on our rental properties in Provence, Paris, Pouzauges if you book before Easter.

For France at home,

Missed it at the FFF? Welcome in cinemas 1 April
The multi award-winning French film Welcome is a compassionate and inspiring drama about the unlikely friendship between two men contending with issues of lost love and dislocation. A young illegal immigrant plans to swim across the English channel to reach his girlfriend now living in the UK with her family and a middle aged swim coach helps him in an attempt to win back his socially conscious wife. The movie received four stars from both David and Margaret on the Movie Show. For more film information, go to Palace Cinemas.

Jacqueline's latest auction is Languedoc autumn
While it is autumn in Australia and some of our leaves are starting to fall (depending on where you live), nothing here can quite compare to the glorious gold and red foliage that fills the French countryside in autumn. Jacqueline has captured these colours brilliantly in her Languedoc autumn work which is being auctioned this month with bids starting at $60: click here to view or bid.

If you were tempted by Jacqueline's previous painting auctioned Arles, Cafe La Nuit  but did not bid, the work is now available for sale for $95 from our online shop, along with Jacqueline's other paintings and sketches.

Recipe for ratatouille

The traditional Provencal tomato and vegetable dish which comes from the French word touiller, to mix: 

Facts about Easter in France (bells, eggs and fish)
France has a lot of traditions around Easter time:, With it often falling, as this year, at the start of April, the April Fool's Day fish custom is usually linked in with Easter:

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