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

Summer 2022

Discover captivating Corsica, the island of beauty and glitzy, cinematic Cannes. Explore Antibes, less well known than it's neighbours Nice and Cannes, it's incredibly pretty and authentic, and the Camargue in the south of France where wild white horses and pink flamingoes roam. Come with us to arty Arles, historic Agincourt and Aisne in Picardy - the ancient cradle of France. Meet artisan gin makers in Cognac, discover the prune route of France, fabulous recipes, guides, gorgeous photos, the best tours, what's new in France and delicious recipes - and more...

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Villefranche-sur-Mer © Peter Jones island off the coast. In 1971, Marseille was the location for The French Connection starring Gene Hackman. A few years later, also speeding through Marseille’s streets, was Luc Besson’s action comedy Taxi, where a pizza delivery boy raced around with reckless abandon! And in Love Actually, Le Bar de la Marine in Marseille is where Colin Firth’s character proposes to Aurelia. Meanwhile the world’s favourite spy 007 had many visits to France. Sean Connery’s Bond visited Cap d’Antibes during Diamonds are Forever. Various locations along the French Riviera have featured, including a motorcycle chase between Bond and the SPECTRE baddies with stunning scenery courtesy of Menton and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Other Bond locations include the magnificent chateau at Vaux le Victome (just an hour south of Paris) in Moonraker. He also visited the stables at Chantilly. Moving on a few years Pierce Brosnan got up to all sorts of hair raising tricks along the Riviera before dodging real life avalanches during extreme skiing in Argentière near Chamonix. Connery, a confirmed Francophile, even bought a magnificent villa overlooking Nice! The south of France in film Long after the book A Year in Provence first enticed readers to the joys of southern France, echoes of Peter Mayle’s prose linger. One of his later books was the basis of A Good Year filmed in the Luberon close to where Mayle and director, Ridley Scott, had homes. Locations included the Château la Canorgue in Bonnieux, Cucuron and Gordes where Russell Crowe waited at table. Hugh Jackman trekked to freedom in Les Miserables around the beautiful village of Gourdon with incredible views out to the Med! After Pride and Prejudice many women waited a long time for Colin Firth to dive into another lake and he actually did in the Var, just outside Vadauban, for Love Actually. However one of the more memorable films made around here must be Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, who met her Prince in the south of France while attending the Cannes Film Festival. The famous film fest is a chance for the great, the good and many wannabe’s to hobnob and promote their offerings each May. 100 | The Good Life France

5 stunning locations which have featured in famous films and where you may find your dream home: Brittany: Back in the ‘50’s Monsieur Houlot (aka Jacques Tati) famously dipped his toes in the sea on the coast of Morbihan. Meanwhile Kirk Douglas flexed his muscles in the Vikings at Fort la Latte, Cap Frehel Cotes d’Armor. Homes for sale Brittany. Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Dunkirk was filmed largely on location on the beaches of Dunkirk in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The closest area to the UK, separated by just 21 miles of English Channel, Pas-de-Calais offers the quintessential French lifestyle. Homes for sale Pas-de-Calais Good enough for Bond: Chamonix in Haute- Savoie is close to where The World Is Not Enough was filmed and this area really does have star quality. Homes for sale in Haute-Savoie Ridley Scott’s first film "Les Duellistes", was shot in Dordogne, in particular between Les Eyzies and the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat. Homes for sale in Dordogne Chocolat, the deliciously romantic film based on Joanne Harris’s book of the same name featured Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. And though the chocolate shop doesn’t exist in real life, the area offers a sweet taste of the good life in France. Homes for sale in Burgundy Brittany, © Bretagne Toursme Saint-Tropez ©Dave McNeill Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte Sarlat © Jim Steinbach The Good Life France | 101