9 episodes

Everything you want to know about France and more… in a free podcast. Janine Marsh, Editor of The Good Life France, award-winning travel writer and author of best-selling memoirs about life in France with her unruly chickens, dogs, cats, ducks and geese, quirky neighbours and the joys of renovation, and Olivier Jauffrit, the vintage French music expert at Radio Paris Chanson – have teamed up to make a podcast!

The Good Life France's podcast Janine Marsh & Olivier Jauffrit

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

Everything you want to know about France and more… in a free podcast. Janine Marsh, Editor of The Good Life France, award-winning travel writer and author of best-selling memoirs about life in France with her unruly chickens, dogs, cats, ducks and geese, quirky neighbours and the joys of renovation, and Olivier Jauffrit, the vintage French music expert at Radio Paris Chanson – have teamed up to make a podcast!

    #9 - The fairy tale Chateau de Gudanes

    #9 - The fairy tale Chateau de Gudanes

    What if you were to browse the internet and see a photo of a neglected castle in the south of France, a ruin for sure but with a faded grandeur that pulls at your heart strings… 

    Would you be tempted to give up your dream of a little house in the country and throw everything you have into restoring the castle to its former glory? Live without electricity. Chop wood to keep the fire going so you don’t freeze in winter as the snow falls all around and the bitter wind blows down from the Pyrenees Mountains. Give up your comfy life and a good job in Perth, Australia. Learn how to speak French and take on the mother of all restorations? 

    That’s what Karina Waters and her family did when they bought the Chateau de Gudanes – a real life sleeping beauty that’s now been brought back to life.

    This is an extraordinary story, one that has captured the imagination of millions around the world
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    • 37 min
    #8 - How to be French?

    #8 - How to be French?

    Ever wondered what makes the French so… well French?! 

    Janine Marsh, resident of northern France, author of three books about life in France for a frequently baffled expat and the editor of magazine and website The Good Life France chats to Olivier Jauffrit, a Frenchman who lives in London about how to be French. 

    Is it dunking your croissants in a cup of hot chocolate, the weird and many rules of etiquette around cheese, and how you say oh la la? Touching on some of the quirk aspects of Frenchness, this is a  laugh out loud episode and a whole lot of fun.

    And in the Q&A section we answer a question from a resident of Pennsylvania, USA "Do French men still wear the beret?" Find out more in this fun episode...
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    • 28 min
    #7 - Christmas in France

    #7 - Christmas in France

    It might not surprise you to know that mostly – Christmas in France is all about food… so buckle up, or maybe unbuckle your belt, for a fun, festive and foodie episode – the A to Z of Christmas in France…
    Janine Marsh author of three international best-selling books about life in France and Olivier Jauffrit of radio Paris Chanson talk about aperitifs with the neighbours, desserts, jolly farmers riding around country roads in the buckets of tractors on their way home from parties, and the evil assistant to Father Christmas - if you live in Alsace! 
    It’s a fun episode designed to put the merry in your Christmas podcast – so tune in to the A-Z of France at Christmas! 


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    • 33 min
    #6 - A year in the M***e!

    #6 - A year in the M***e!

    Our guest today is British author Stephen Clarke who lives in Paris. 

    He has sold more than a million books world-wide including the hugely popular and hilarious Merde series which began with a Year in the Merde based on Stephen’s own experiences in France and with names changed to "avoid embarrassment, possible legal action, and to prevent the author's legs being broken by someone in a Yves Saint Laurent suit…". 

    He talks about how a job as a translator at a French dictionary company led to becoming a best selling writer. He shares his tips for how to find a good restaurant in Paris, get a Parisian attitude with just one word and how the hero of his M***e books, Paul West, is perpetually 27 years old!
    We also answer listener's question - do French people hug... find out the surprising truth! 


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    • 37 min
    #5 - Walking the Camino pilgrims route

    #5 - Walking the Camino pilgrims route

    We chat to artist Perry Taylor who walked 900km of the Camino, from France to Spain, in six weeks. Famous for his humorous drawings of life in France, he put down his paintbrush and pens and walked the equivalent of a marathon every day for weeks on end despite extreme heat and painful blisters. Along the route he  made new friends and says he couldn’t help but weep over the stories of some of the people he met walking the pilgrims route.
    Perry says in the end, and unexpectedly, it was a profound and life-changing journey. He shares his experience and advice for anyone planning to walk the pilgrims route.

    Plus in our regular Q&A section, a listener asks when does ‘bonjour’ become ‘bonsoir’?! Does everyone in France have a different opinion – it can certainly feel like it! Find out more… 


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    • 41 min
    #4 - Eat, Cake, Love | The magic of Paris and baking…

    #4 - Eat, Cake, Love | The magic of Paris and baking…

    Molly Wilkinson left Dallas, Texas, USA to train in Paris as a patisserie chef at the famous Cordon Bleu cookery school. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with a Frenchman, set up home in Versailles on the outskirts of Paris and become a famous online cake maker teaching cake baking fans how to make the most perfect French gateaux from millefeuilles to merveilleux. 

    Find out how it all came about and be prepared to drool as Molly and host Janine Marsh talk all things cake!

    And discover whether it’s true that French people eat a baguette every day!
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Jennifer de Chicago ,

Super host!

Thank you Jenine, for your magazine, and now this podcast. You have a wonderful, welcoming voice and terrific guests. Please keep up the good work. Looking forward to many more episodes in the future.🥰

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