A few years ago, my husband and I had the good fortune of landing in the charming French village of Courances near Paris. Though only about 45 minutes by car (without traffic!) from la Capitale, it is full-on, spacious countryside where we have our French house. Rich green fields, gentle rolling hills and sturdy forests…

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  • Greetings from the French countryside where we have enjoyed an exceptionally beautiful fall this year! It has been wonderfully sunny, and the leaves spent several weeks turning a more-lovely-than-usual spectrum of yellows, oranges and reds. On my daily bike ride around our village of Courances in all seasons, I fly past this allée looking down…

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  • Bonjour France friends, We have a fun event to propose coming up next week. French Affaires has been invited by Sony Pictures Classics to attend the free advance screening of PARIS CAN WAIT in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, May 1. “Paris Can Wait” is a new romantic comedy starring Diane Lane on her food, wine…

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  • Since it’s Easter and eggs are top of mind, I’m reposting a previous article on wonderful eggs in France. “Joyeuses Pâques” to you and yours! I am always amazed at the food side of Easter in France. Of course, the French plan a big Easter Sunday lunch with family and all kinds of favorite recipes…

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  • If you’re like me, spending time in France’s open air markets is an endless pleasure. Pyramids of beautiful fruits and vegetables in season, fresh and aged cheeses, breads, whole fowl of every kind, rabbits and other game, charcuterie, seafood, spices, and more are a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. The sights,…

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  • France and food – what a match! The joys of the French table are legendary and for good reason. France is endowed with a magnificent array of culinary specialties, products and traditions which make sitting down to a French meal one of the finer experiences on earth. Happily, you don’t necessarily have to live in…

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  • The French sleeping beauty has woken up. Bordeaux has become the modern, hot, hip place to be in France. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you can’t help but feel the vibe every time you step out into the city streets. Named for the ancient Roman site of Burdigala, Bordeaux has it all –…

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  • To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, my husband and I decided to make a nice French dinner at home here in France. I drew the lucky straw and got to come up with dessert and the sparkling wine. On the other hand, my husband spoke up for the main dish – God bless him. He had been…

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  • Bonjour France-loving friends! Greetings from my 17th century stone house in the French countryside near Paris. Life is good here in our little village of Courances, and French Affaires had another wonderful year sharing the real France with you through our trips, classes and events. Though I must confess, our newsletter pause to finish our…

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  • Provence is possibly the most beautiful and rewarding region in all of France. It is known for its charming villages, picturesque countryside, warm sunshine, lively markets, fragrant gardens, flavorful cuisine, wonderful wines, and relaxed culture. And Provence’s stunning light and color have inspired artists for centuries. In September 2017, your can have your own French…

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