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Issue No. 12

Sensational cities to tiny villages, food and wine, culture and heritage. Champagne, an aristocratic saffron grower, Anger, Montparnasse, Morzeine, Carol Drinkwater shares her passion for France. Gorgeous photos and fabulous features will transport you to the heart of France in this brilliant, free magazine...

19 September -2 October

19 September -2 October France Gourmet Week known as “Tous Au Restaurant”. All over France restaurants will offer a buy one meal, get one free menu. Search on the website for participating restaurants: tousaurestaurant 23-25 September Fete de la Gastronomie. Every corner of France will come alive with events to celebrate its UNESCO-listed ‘world intangible heritage’ status. From grand-scale concerts to local sing-a-longs, Michelin-star set menus to small village Nuit Blanche It’ll be all white on the night 1 October Nuit Blanche Paris. See Paris in an entirely new light. From 7pm until 7am hundreds of museums, galleries, cinemas and even swimming pools open their doors for free for a night-time celebration of art and culture. Performances, light installations, concerts and exhibitions will be held across Paris, across the city and if you stay awake till dawn, many town halls provide breakfast! www.paris.fr La Rochelle Rocks to the banquets, the country will celebrate one of its most popular claims to fame. economie. gouv.fr 17 and 18 September Journées Européennes du Patrimoine/European Heritage Days. Across France hundreds of historical buildings, famous monuments, Government sites and places of interest – some of which are normally closed to the public, open their doors and welcome in visitors. journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr Credit Paris Tourist Office Amellie Dupont La Rochelle Rythm 1-9 October Jazz Entre les Deux Tours La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes. The two famous towers that guard the old port of this most picturesque port town have given their name to this popular musical fete. International and local musicians play in venues around the city in a mix of free and paid concerts. www.jazzentrelesdeuxtours. fr 2 October Fete du Gateau Basque. Legend says that the famous Gâteau Basque has its origins in the village of Cambo-les-Bains in Pyrénées-Atlantiques so the village

8 October Retour des Alpages, Annecy, Rhône-Alpes. When Autumn returns, the cattle who spend the summer enjoying the alpine pastures are led back to the bottom of the valley for winter as its warmer than at the top. This transhumance is celebrated in the charming, historic city of Annecy every year on the second Saturday in October when cattle are paraded through the streets and there are artisans, craftspeople, local producers and traditional bands ready to herald and celebrate the changing of the seasons. www.lac-annecy.com 8-9 October Fete de la Crevette in Honfleur. The lovely port town of Normandy celebrates the crevette grise each year with a festival. Expect to sing-a-long to sea shanties, eat plenty of shrimp and fish and cheer on the contestants in a shrimp peeling contest! www.ot-honfleur.fr 10-16 October La Semaine du Goût. Across France – a celebration of French cuisine and a chance to learn more about the food we eat. www.legout.com Get fired up at a pepper festival 29-30 October Fête du Piment, Espelette, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The piment d’Espelette pepper is celebrated in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques in a town called Espelette. There’s a blessing of the pepper harvest and a food market plus lots of restaurants serve special dishes in honour of the pepper of course. The festival dates back to the mid 1600’s and it’s a lot of fiery Esplette Honfleur Credit Janine Redman 1 November National Holiday La Toussaint/ All Saints’ Day. All over France pots of chrysanthemums are placed on graves as loved ones who have passed on are remembered. 11 November National Holiday Armistice 1918. Commemorative services will be held all over France in honour of those who lost their lives at war. Credit Shauna Jenkins Tomlin 17 November Beaujolais Nouveau day. The new season’s wine arrives on the third Thursday of November each year, the festivities start at midnight on Wednesday for this serious drinking event. See what’s on in Beaujolais: Beaujolais Nouveau Fetes Many Christmas markets start in November and we’ll be bringing you lots of info in the next issue The Good Life France. Please note that events are subject to change - please verify details on the events websites.