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November 2010 newsletter


In this newsletter, we update you on recent French related news items (Melbourne Cup and
retirement age strikes); have more French properties and paintings for sale; tell you about
a new book by Aussie/Paris showgirl (you can even win a copy); show you inside a restored
Moulin for rent; and, provide a recipe for clafoutis and facts about November in France.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

French win Cup mais pas retirement age protest

French jockey Gerald Mosse savours victory after winning the 150th Melbourne Cup on Americain from France. The horse is trained by the French version of Bart Cummings, Alain de Royer Dupre. Once owned by the 'perfume kings' of Paris, the Wertheimer brothers of the House of Chanel, Americain was bought by two Aussies in the US. After the biggest win of the horse's and his career, Mosse pronounced 'I love Australia' and changed his flight home so he could stay here longer to celebrate.

Meanwhile in France, protesters weren't so successful in influencing their government not to legislate to increase the retirement age, despite their many countrywide strikes in recent times.


Now that the strikes are ending, time to plan a trip in 2011 especially with the many current early bird specials on flights as well as our stays/tour:

Rent our French properties:
receive 10% off stays in 2011 if you book by the end of November 2010 in:

- our house in Pouzauges in the west of France
- our apartment in Isle sur la Sorgue in Provence

Come join David on our property purchasing tour 20-24 June 2011

Not going to France next year - you can hang one of Jacqueline's six new paintings on your wall and imagine being there (new $95 works include Luberon lavender, Sarlat marche and Uzes Marche):

Photo of property ref. CB448B

Photo of property ref. CB459B

New places for sale Limousin/Poitou CharentesWe have six new places for sale by the property agent team in the region: John, Cathe and Bev.


Limousin/Poitou Charentes is the most reasonably priced region in all of France, according to the French real estate institute. It is also known for its rural beauty, chateaux and charming villages.

The two properties to the left both have 3+ bedrooms and are located in centre of villages with prices of 68,850 and 112,650 euro respectively. Two more new properties are within this price range and the other two are priced at 60,000 euro and under.
For all of the new places for sale go to:

Want to see inside a converted Moulin for rent?

The owners have just returned from putting the final touches on the inside of their rural Burgundy place. This original rope mill moulin built in 1856 has been rejuvenated and tastefully decorated. It has three well-sized bedrooms, a luxurious bathroom and two powder rooms, a spacious lounge and entertainment area. A well-appointed modern kitchen, with an adjoining utility room, leads outside to the enclosed courtyard. A separate dining room is complemented with a cosy reading nook and the ambiance of an open fire in the majestic, original Bourgogne stone fireplace. Rental prices start from only $750 a week. To read more about this property and see the added internal photos, go to:

Book shares memoirs of Aussie/Paris showgirl

Shay Stafford is the Brisbane schoolgirl turned celebrated Paris showgirl. She is the wife Bryce Corbett writes about in his book A Town like Paris.
Pulling back the curtain on the fascinating world of Paris cabaret, Shay invites us backstage at the Moulin Rouge and Lido to discover what it’s really like to tread the boards of the world’s most famous cabarets in the world’s most romantic city. The highs and lows, the loves and temptations, the close encounters with the rich and famous and the glimpses of the grind behind the glamour are all revealed in Shay's book.

French desire has a copy of this newly released book - to go into the draw to win Memoirs of a Showgirl (drawn 30 Nov) read more about Shay.


A favourite French pudding style dessert in which you can use either cherries or raspberries:

Recipe for clafoutis aux cerises ou framboise 

French facts -  November holidays and events
France has two public holidays in November: All Saints Day (Toussaint) on 1 Nov when traditionally you bring flowers (chrysanthemums) to the graves of departed loved ones and 11 Nov which is Armistice Day commemorating WW1's end where celebrations include military parades. Nouveau beaujolais is also released on the third Thursday of the month:


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