The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

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1 year ago

Issue No. 14

From Paris to the Loire Valley, and everywhere in between, how to live like a millionaire in Nice on a budget, French island hopping, a fairy tale chateau and Monet's Garden in Giverny. Everything you want to know about France and more.

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Take a trip to Distilleries des Aravis where Mathieu Castellano runs a family liqueur manufacturing company. In the grand tradition of liqueurs in France ‘Génépi’, a sort of gin, was created by a monk in 1878. The great grandfather of the current owner was a fan of Génépi. He bought the company and built the atelier where it’s still produced in La Clusaz. It’s like a taste of mountains and herbs in a bottle, and it’s strong! These days Matthieu makes around 45 kinds liqueurs from lavender to melon, raspberry, pear, prunes, a scrumptious limoncello, absinthe and a prize winning pastis, quite different from the Marseille one, with a sprig of fennel that's put in the bottle by hand. Matthieu “and is very good for a cocktail base especially mojitos”. He honours the heritage of his ancestors and the traditions of making liqueur, using an old copper still. “Even the crates we keep the bottles in are older than me” he jokes. You’ll find the eye catching bottles on sale in local shops. “Genepi makes for a great digestif” says Perfect summer holiday The French Alps are not just about snow and après-ski, for a holiday where you’ll feel like you’ve experience something really spectacular with the most amazing scenery, activities and food – look no further than the Annecy ski resorts in spring and summer. Find lots more information at

find your dream home in Annecy Lake Annecy is a truly amazing area for those who are fond of outdoor activities all year round says local property agent Mara Junekere. Cycling, mountain-biking, hiking, climbing, paragliding, sailing, skiing and many more activities are to be enjoyed. And of course the views over lake Annecy and mountains always make me feel like I am living in a "carte postale". Annecy is the capital of Haute-Savoie, just 30 minutes drive from Geneva. It is known for its old town and river Thiou winding through the medieval cobbled streets. Some call it the little Venice of the Alps and its lake is considered to be the cleanest in Europe and offers a vast choice of beaches all around it. There are numerous events throughout the year including the Venetian Carnival. You have a choice of numerous ski resorts just 30 minutes drive from the town. La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Manigod are called Lake Annecy Ski Resorts and offer 220 km of excellent skiing conditions. This THE place for all outdoor sports fans year round - and the gastronomy is scrumptious! Attractive 4 bedroom detached house with spectacular mountain and lake views in the lovely village of Talloires. A few minutes to Lake Annecy and close to the ski resort of Clusaz. Click here for more details €590,000 Detached 4 en-suite bedroom chalet with lake view in Talloires. Located on the east bank of Lake Annecy, currently run as a successful B&B with potential for a family/holiday home, walking distance to beach. Click here for more details €837 900 Amazing 8 bedroom, 7 bathroom lake Annecy waterfront villa with private deck. This unique property is beautifully decorated and would make a perfect family or second home with excellent business potential Click here for more details Click here to see Mara's portfolio of charming properties in the Annecy area

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