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

Spring 2022

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Sandelin Museum by Jean-Pol Grandmont Musée Sandelin The museum contains works by Flemish, Dutch and French masters, tapestries, plus a wonderful collection of ceramics and a fascinating clay pipe collection which pays homage to the towns past as an important producer of pipes and pottery. After you’ve enjoyed the many attractions of the town, nip to the countryside on its doorstep and discover the Clairmarais, the UNESCO listed biosphere marshland where you can take a boat ride and discover the wildlife, unusual residences and much, much more... 2CVs at Belle Echapees 32 | The Good Life France

The Audomarois Marshlands Hire a boat or take a guided ride in traditional wooden bacoves along tree-lined canals buzzing with bird life, where migrating herons stop off and the postman delivers post by boat, the only area in France with such a service to homes which sit on floating islands in the marshes. This 15 square mile network of canals and farmland is unique in France and a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve. It was started by monks in 638. They diverted the River Aa, divided the land into plots and farmed the land. Today a few dozen market gardeners continue to work the plots. It is the cauliflower capital of France with some 5million grown each year. Visit the Maison du Marais, less than 10 minutes on foot from the centre of Saint- Omer. It’s dedicated to the history of the marshes, features exhibits, an educational garden, and boat tours of the marshes. Marshland activities Meet the last of the Saint-Omer boat makers: In a wooden shed on the edge of the marsh, a team of enthusiasts make up the last Audomarois shipyard in existence. Take a fascinating guided tour, and discover how this family business continues to hand-make the traditional wooden boats of the marshes using 500 year-old plans and wood that is up to 100 years old. You can also hire a boat here: Explore in style: Hire a 2CV, VW camper van or vintage electric bikes for a day, half-day or weekend. Beer: While you’re at their office, nip to the brewery on the grounds of an extraordinary Abbey. Founded by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux in the 12th century, the once monumental Monastery of Clairmairais was yet another victim of the French Revolution The Good Life France | 33