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Good morning!

I hope that you just and yours are properly.

This week we celebrated May Day, a nationwide vacation in France and subsequent week we have now two nationwide holidays: VE (Victory in Europe) Day on eighth May and Ascension Day on ninth May, and practically everybody I do know is taking Friday tenth May off – known as a bridge, a bridge day to the weekend. Jean-Claude my neighbor, or as everybody else calls him, Monsieur Partout (Mr. Everywhere) – on account of him seeming to be in every single place you go, is organizing a neighbors get collectively to have a good time the lazy week. It did happen to me that he could be a triplet and that I've simply by no means seen him and his brothers in the identical room as a result of some days we stroll the canines and there he’s, on the door of his storage sharpening his beloved little white van. A short time later, we'll see him at our neighbor Claudette's home, attempting to leap begin his tractor. Then we'll see him within the area that belongs to the Old Man with the White Horse, or chatting to Pierre the farmer. He actually does appear to be in every single place.

Anyway, the neighbors get collectively goes to be in his backyard if the solar shines, and in his storage if it doesn't. We all take wine, beer and meals – everyone seems to be at all times very thinking about what I convey as the one Brit within the village and this yr I'm planning to make a large Eton Mess – meringue, strawberries and cream. When I first arrived in France, I had no thought easy methods to prepare dinner however since my neighbors took it upon themselves to show me, I've improved enormously and I'm hoping my colourful concoction will see me transfer from the Flop Chef to the Top Head class.

French persons are mad for meringues, there's even a series of patisserie retailers specializing in making Merveilleux – meringue muffins, sure, simply meringue muffins, nothing else, they usually're slathered in whipped cream and chocolate shavings! And I'll inform everybody on the occasion the story of the Eton Mess's origins – that it was invented when somebody dropped a strawberry, meringue and cream pudding on the ground at a cricket match in England extra a few hundred years in the past, and somewhat than waste it, scooped it up and put all of it damaged up within the dishes! I'd higher attempt to get my French translation proper or else I'll be going again dwelling with a giant bowl of untouched dessert!

I'm presently within the beautiful metropolis of Arras within the north of France, subsequent I'm headed to the Auvergne area the place I'll uncover the historical past of the Michelin Man, climb to the highest of a volcano and eat lots of native cheese, and after that I'm off to sunny Bordeaux – town and the seaside the place I'm hoping to search out an area movie star cake! Come with me through Instagram the place I'll submit images and movies as I am going.

As at all times, there's heaps of inspiration within the publication – from an enchanting podcast concerning the Mona Lisa, fabulous excursions and holidays in France and a really useful free webinar arising for these dreaming of or planning to maneuver to France.
Wishing you an excellent weekend,
Kisses from Arras,
Janine
Editor The Good Life France

ps Top photograph: Cannes within the spring time!

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Janine Marsh is Author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream, My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life and Always France: Living the Dream in Rural France all out there as e book, print & audio, on Amazon in every single place & all good bookshops on-line. Her new e-book How to be French – a celebration of the French way of life and Art of dwellingis out now – a have a look at the French lifestyle.

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