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November 2009 newsletter



In this month's newsletter we hear about Sharon's recent trip to France, have a painting of
Paris rooftops for auction (starting at $50) and two impressive new French properties to rent
(a Bordeaux apartment and a Luberon villa) as well as a French cake recipe and Paris facts.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: In addition to our 2010 southwest France property purchasing tour we are running another
French immersion long weekend to Noumea - look out for details in next month's newsletter.

Sharon's latest France trip to Provence et Paris
The plan for Sharon's trip was to finish the addition to her first book and take some photos with her great new camera. However, she did not complete her next book as there were too many other things to do like eating, shopping, entertaining, photographing and checking out the area around our new rental apartment in Paris ...


Two very impressive new member places for rent

We have two new properties to rent from our members: an apartment in Bordeaux with an incredible view and a villa in the heart of the Luberon valley of Provence.

The Terrasse apartment is located in the heart of the ancient and historic centre of Bordeaux and named after its unique and wonderful terrace large enough to dine on or simply take in the fabulous view of the river and famous Ponte de Pierre. From this apartment you can explore the shops and old town or venture to the world renowned nearby Bordeaux wine region. The apartment has two bedrooms and is luxuriously furnished. The weekly rental price starts at $1300.

Nestled amongst the tall cypress trees and verdant pastures, lies Maison Olive alongside one of Provence's and France’s most picturesque perched villages, Menerbes. It is an immaculately furnished and beautifully decorated three bedroom, two and a half  bathroom villa set in tranquil gardens which have access to a large pool. Outside the living area, huge oak and cherry trees tower over the lower garden level, which is an ideal place for a BBQ or cocktail while enjoying the valley views. Price starts at $2,000/week.

To see more detail on either of these properties or other properties we have for rent on behalf of members, go to:

Did Todd get his place during his November trip?

After many difficulties, we are pleased, as is he, to tell you that Todd's place settled as planned when he was recently in France, so he could furnish and enjoy it while he was there. Todd will also have his place, which he aptly named 'La Petite Folie', available for rent soon - watch out for more detail in next month's newsletter.

Jacqueline's auctions become a regular feature
In recognition of our Paris apartment, Jacqueline has given us one of her capturings of this magical city to auction: The Rooftops of Paris. To see a better view of this work or to bid on it (starting at $50), click here. Due to the popularity of our auctions of Jacqueline's pieces, we will have a new painting in each newsletter. Congratulations to Linda who put two offers in to get 'French harvest', beating other bidders to now own it.
Let them eat cake - recipe for financier cakes:

so named as these rectangle shaped almond cakes, very common around France, look like solid gold bricks

  Facts about Paris: Why Paris is really called the 'City of Lights' and where the city got its name from. How many people travel on the metro each day? Do you think there are more kids or dogs in Paris? Find out all the answers at

Special deal for Brisbane members - free tickets to a preview of the upcoming French
movie The French Kissers showing on Mon 14 December at Palace Barracks for anyone
who tells a friend about French desire; tickets are limited so be quick. Click here for details.

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