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NewsletterJuly 2007

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Fête de la musique 2007

As I told you last month France celebrates the beginning of summer with Fête de la musique. Throughout France free music concerts are everywhere. In fact, June 21st the first day of summer, is when Fête de la musique is held. This is the only day in France when everyone and anyone have the right to play music on the street, no permit needed. See photos I took this year.

The Connexion Newspaper

Anyone looking for a newspaper about living in France should think about subscribing to The Connexion. This monthly publication has practical information about living in France along with news stories.
What’s really good about The Connexion is its ‘American section’ – Americans in France was profiled in the June issue. This section consists of an editorial by its American reporter and profiles of an individual and organization along with a practical article. The June issue had an article about taxes, always useful.
The Connexion web site is It’s possible to give The Connexion a test drive before subscribing as you can receive a free copy on request.

Summer Skiing

Yes, you read that right. Not only can you ski in summer you can practice your French! In February I told you about my learning to ski in Megeve with Mike Beaudet aka ‘Megeve Mike’. Well, Mike’s at it again this time skiing in Cervin (2.5 hr. drive from the Geneva Airport) next to the Matterhorn. Get ready for skiing this winter by skiing in the heart of Europe on a glacier.
You can read about summer skiing here and visit Mike's site.

This month’s Newsletter is brought to you by:

Chateau de L'Isle-Marie

Chosen by the prestigious magazine Travel+Leisure as one of 50 most romantic hideaways worldwide is under 3 hours drive from Paris, Isle-Marie, set in the heart of Normandy, it's majestic tree lined avenue leading to a romantic castle surrounded by a 100 acre estate with rivers, meadows and woodlands, forms a true island. The Marechal de Bellefonds, an illustrious ancestor, who as first Field marshal of France and companion of Louis XIV, the sun king, commissioned the Italianate chapel in the grounds designed by Mansart, the architect of Versailles.
Chateau de L'Isle-Marie web site.

8 DAY WORKSHOP in French Conversation

For adults in Biarritz, SW France.
Includes lodging in a central hotel overlooking the Atlantic ocean, half board (breakfast and dinner), daily classes, discussions with other teachers/city officials, local visits, private tutoring.
All in French - Single accommodation: $1,275.00 / Double-occupancy: $975.00.
Side trips available: Typical Basque villages, Lourdes, Bilbao Guggenheim museum (Spain), etc.
OCT. 13 - 20, 2007: Intermediate
OCT. 27 - NOV. 3, 2007: Advanced
Immediate reservation for a small group only.

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