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...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Issue No. 15

Discover the Drome, Nyons - the last Provencal frontier, Charente-Maritime, Burgundy, Paris gastronomy, Nice, secret Provence, recipes, a whole lot more. It's the next best thing to being in France...

Around and about at the

Around and about at the Marciac Jazz Festival The gorgeous Gers is famous for its stunning landscape but did you know that it’s also one of the best wine making areas of France? It’s not just awesome Armagnac that’s made here, but also sublime wines. The vines grow alongside fields of bright sunflowers on steep hills, in natural valleys, in rolling, lush countryside in soil that’s rich. Wine buffs are calling the Gers “the new Bordeaux” and raving about the quality of wine that’s being produced here. Oenologist and wine writer Tom Fiorina from the US but now living in France, is letting people in on the secret. He is running a tour in the Gers in which he’ll take you to visit family-run vineyards and charming and authentic domains where you’ll receive a warm welcome and a memorable tasting visit. You’ll learn about the history of wine and production and it’s importance to the way of life in the region known as Gascony. Take the tour of Gers fabulous vineyards with Tom Fiorina, French Country Adventures: July 28-30, 2017. Click here for details and more insider tours of Gascony at: French Country Adventures

Jazz in Juan-les-Pins, Antibess The cultural heart of the Cote d’Azur is a place to sit and watch the world go by. It’s also where you’ll enjoy a jazz festival in what must be one of the most lush settings in the world. Cannes is in the background, the Mediterranean Sea glistens in the sun, the scent of pine trees fills the air . The longest running of European jazz festivals islegendary. read our review Jazz in Normandy In late spring the apples trees vibrate to the sound of music as Coutances, in the department of Manche turns from a sleepy medieval market town to a thronging jazz town. Punching way above its weight, the eight-day festival spills out of marquees, social halls, bars and church buildings on to streets thronged with music lovers. 50 plus concerts, presenting a kaleidoscope of jazz styles, from Dixieland and boogiewoogie to avant-garde: read our review Jazz in Nice Nice is home to one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. It opened in 1948 and headlining the bill was one Louis Armstrong and his All Stars. Held annually in July, in the height of the summer sun, it’s a mellow, fun and fabulous festival that takes place in the centre of the sunny city with up to 9000 spaces for jazz fans over 5 nights of music and mayhem. Jazz in Paris Seven weekends of jazz events in the lovely Parc Floral make for a music lovers dream come true. This event has become ever more popular since it was founded in 1994 and now attracts more than 100,000 spectators. From mid June to the end of July, the city hums and Parisians flock to the park to enjoy jazz in the open air. You pay to enter the park, the concerts are free. Take a picnic and chill – it’s a great way to feel like a local and experience authentic Paris.