Spring Issue 2012!


J’Aime la France!   I love France!

Since taking on the role of Publishing Editor, I have been privileged to select topics that will interest you – our readers. If you are anything like me, you are fascinated by the history and culture of France and I adore the opportunity to share this passion with you. In fact, French Provincial magazine has won over many readers who, at one time, had no interest in France. All credit goes to our wonderful writers, who make each piece educational and enjoyable to read, motivating people to travel to this beautiful country and experience its history and culture. Yes, we have converted many to the Francophile lifestyle, who now declare, ‘I love France’!  Speaking of history, tapestry making has long been one of the most beautiful art forms. Liz Cini, owner of Fleur de Lys Tapestries, weaves the history of this very French tradition in Timeless Tapestries . She takes us from the ‘million flowers’ of the medieval period, to the splendour of the Renaissance, to the simple elegance of William Morris’s designs.  Did you know the cemeteries of Paris are major attractions, drawing many visitors each year? Keith Hall explores some of these, rather odd, tourist sites and pays his respects to many famous people along the way in Accent Grave.  With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Monaco is the ideal tourist destination. In Graceful Monaco, Kerree French takes us on a tour beyond the casino to reveal the Principality fit for a Princess.

One of the highlights of any Parisian tour is a visit to the stately Luxembourg Palace, which is intricately linked to the history of the France.  Jo Walmesley reveals the stories behind this beautiful Renaissance masterpiece. Our dear friend, and wife of the former French Ambassador of Australia, Christine Descoueyte, tells us about her visit to the Senate at the Luxembourg Palace. Learn about the history of this extraordinary building in Christine’s beloved French language – a great opportunity to test your French vocabulary on page 45. (To read the English translation please CLICK HERE).

 So, to all Francophiles, new and old – enjoy this edition of French Provincial…

Jenny Jacob

In our next edition, we will be exploring winter in France. As we approach summer on this side of the world, the French are indoors keeping warm. Although you may not think of France as an ideal December travel destination, consider the fabulous Christmas markets, sparkling cities and snow-blanketed ski towns that make France so beautiful at this time of year. By the time you have read our upcoming Summer Edition, you will be booking flights to experience winter in France!


Our featured image is A Monte Carlo Street.

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