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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Brimming with fabulous features combined with stunning photographs – inspiring, entertaining and informative destination features - Provence, Loire Valley, Normandy, Lyon, Brittany, Alsace and more. Delicious recipes, culture and history, what's new, the best tours and much, much more...

What’s ON?Spring

What’s ON?Spring 2023 National Events There’s plenty going on throughout Spring in France – here’s our pick of some of the best and new events this season… Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art European Days of Crafts: 22 March – 7 April, a chance for the public to meet artisans as 5000 events take place across France. Workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations of skill plus tours. Chartres en Lumières April 2023 to January 2024, the city of Chartres (Eure-et-Loire) puts on the most amazing light show with its annual festival of light. Take a guided visit, or simply wander this ancient city on foot. Make sure you visit the famous Cathedral while you’re there. Poisson d’Avril 1st April is le poisson d’avril in France, (April Fish Day). You’ll see fish-shaped chocolates and pastries in shops across France. It’s traditional to stick paper cut-out fish onto people’s backs and not let them know. The idea is for them to walk around unaware all day, entertaining onlookers. The origins of le poisson d’avril are not clear but it’s believed to go back to a tradition of giving fish as a gift to celebrate the beginning of Easter and the end of Lent. European Museum Night – May 13 Museums and monuments all over France will be open free of charge for most of the evening and many offer workshops, guided tours, musical performances and more. Not to be missed! Major Events Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy celebrates its 1000th anniversary in 2023. Construction of the Romanesque nave of the Mont-St-Michel Abbey began in 1023. We’ll be bringing you more on this UNESCO-listed wonder of the world in the summer issue of the magazine. The Palace of Versailles celebrates its 400th Anniversary this year. Wishing to show all of Europe the magnificence of his reign, in 1661 Louis XIV transformed his father’s modest castle into one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. He installed the Court there in 1682 and his successors lived there until the French Revolution. It became a museum in 1837. There will be several exhibitions through the year to celebrate this important milestone. Le Mans celebrates its 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours endurance race. The origins of the 24 Hours of Le Mans go back to 1906, when the Sarthe region won a public bid from the Automobile Club de France (ACF) to organize a Grand Prix. It was a huge success and sparked off the idea to hold an annual race. On May 26, 1923, 33 cars took to the track for the first edition of the 24-hour Speed and Endurance Grand Prix/Rudge-Withworth Cup. Since then, it has attracted daredevil racers from around the world including Hollywood legends Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Bayonne/Nouvelle Aquitaine: The Bayonne Ham Fair – April 6-9 Bayonne Ham Fair is one of Bayonne’s smaller festivals and brings together more than 200,000 people, mainly young and old, around the river Nive, the Market and the quays of Bayonne. 88 | The Good Life France The Good Life France | 89