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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Issue No. 28

This gorgeous issue is stuffed full of fabulous features from beautiful Annecy to the sunny southern Basque country and the city of Pau, the Canal du Midi and much more. There’s a fabulous photo essay of the four seasons of Provence, practical guides and recipes galore with a focus on the gastronomy of the Touraine region in the Loire Valley - from an ancient recipe for macarons to more-ish nougat cake!

Around and about Visit

Around and about Visit the 1000 year old Chateau de Menthon-Saint-Bernard overlooking Lake Annecy. A saint was born here and his descendants still live here. Read more Take a detour to Thones, just 20km from Annecy (about 30mins by bus) this buzzing, vibrant mountain town will give you a flavour of village life half way between the city and the resorts of the Aravis Massif, the Annecy mountains. Go on a Saturday to enjoy the market and if you’re lucky enough to be there when the food festival is on, first weekend of September – you’re in for a serious treat. Tourist office: Make for Manigod, 5km from Thones. An impossibly beautiful mountain village with the most astonishing views. Read more Faverges just 25km from Annecy is a fascinating little town with a wonderful Wednesday morning market. The town is in a glacial valley which gave birth to Lake Annecy. In the summer the area holds a Festival des Cabanes, arty cabins dotted throughout the exquisite countryside, on the edge of lakes, alongside waterfalls, up mountains. Take a treasure hunt tour to see them all. Climb the 13th century tower of the Chateau de Faverges. Visit the excellent Archaeological museum of Viuz-Faverges with its fascinating collection of Roman artefacts from the local area. Discover the grotto and waterfall of

Seythenex at the food of the Bauges Massif. And book a guided tour of the area known as Faverges-Seythenex which takes in several of the most beautiful villages in the area. Pop to the tourist office in Faverges for what’s on when you’re there: Place Marcel Piquand. Doussard (in the Faverges-Seythenex commune) is like stepping into the past. A picturesque bridge over a bubbling river, houses that look like they’ve popped out of a fairy tale, flowers everywhere. You’ll remember that you’re in the 21st century when you look up on sunny days though, there’s a landing pad here for the dare devil paragliders who have launched themselves from the Col de la Forclaz! You’ll also find here the Bout du Lac nature reserve. Stay I stayed at Le Boutik Hotel, with one door opening onto the lake and another door opening onto the old town of Annecy – it’s in an ideal location. The rooms are all unique in this elegant mansion house so pick what suits you: retro-vintage, Scandi – interior designer and owner Delphine has great style. And the beds are super comfy. The hotel also has a concept store full of fabulous things you’ll fall for and a lovely little café, perfect for brunch at the weekends.

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