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. 17

Packed with fabulous features: Carcassonne, Nimes, Orange in Provence, Nice Carnival, Paris at Christmas, Laval in Mayenne, absinthe, the fashion district of Paris, recipes, guides and more. Our secret ingredient is passion!

Aperitifs: Rosé wine is

Aperitifs: Rosé wine is the most popular aperitif in Provence. Enjoy a glass at the laid-back Salon du Charlotte, listening to the bells of the cathedral next door whilst you watch the locals meet and greet, faire la bise and chat animatedly. Have a picnic: Shop at the Thursday morning market or head to the lovely Le Comptoir des Gourmets shop in the centre of town next to the ancient Cathedral. Run by renowned pattisier Lionel Stocky who came to Orange via Alsace and Paris and Michelin star restaurants, this is a fabulous gourmet shop full of the most amazing goodies. From tea, jams and honeys and every Provençal delicacy plus he makes the most spectacular cakes daily. Lionel personally tastes everything he stocks in his shop (my kind of job!). Open from Tuesday to Sunday, when, in the morning the shop is packed with church-goers buying their sweet treat for Sunday lunch after the service. For the best cheese, Pleine de Terre in the rue de la Republique will stop you in your tracks. Take home a souvenir: Nip to the theatre shop for posters and books that make great gifts and are easy to pack in your suitcase. The theatre boutique also stocks Provencal goodies and Augustine’s chocolates, though they may not make it all the way home. Take a selfie at: Take a selfie at the Roman theatre or on top of the mountain behind it - with the theatre in the background. Well worth the climb (photo: top right) for its cool, shady landscape and in the summer an outdoor guingette (restaurant with music). On Sundays there is an orchestra and tea dance and on Saturday nights there's a DJ and young people flock to dance under the stars (details from the tourist office).

Stay at: Au Vin Chambré is a lovely B&B with big, cool rooms and a gorgeous garden which makes for a brilliant breakfast venue - what a place to start the day. It's within walking distance of the theatre and the train station. There’s also a fabulous restaurant here at lunch times only plus a wine shop. It doesn't get much better than that does it?! www. Around and about in Orange: Hire a bike and take a leisurely 6km ride for a picnic and lake swimming at Caderousse where you’ll find a pretty little town. Get there: Avignon is 25 minutes by train, Marseille 1 hour, Lyon 2 hours and Paris from 3.5 hours by train.