Our touristic, historical and gastronomic adventures
continue, but the end of our journey is approaching and it is from our last
destination in France, Cornouaille, a historical region on the west coast of
Brittany, that I am writing this message. I hope you all had a wonderful
festive season and that Santa spoilt you. I would like to take this opportunity
to once again wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2024 and I hope
that your New Year's resolutions include another year of membership with the
Alliance Française de la Côte de Saphir.
A little birdie told me that the Coupe d’Antibes went very
well, despite the absence of most of the committee members, due to holidays or
a re-occurrence of Covid. Thanks to all the participants and to Patricia Dive (Trish)
for the report and photos that you will find below.
This month's newsletter is packed with Frenchtastique (French
& fantastic!) articles and news, including a very interesting article on
the Musée d'Arromanches, the first museum built to commemorate 6 June 1944
(D-Day) and the Battle of Normandy, and an update on the repair work at
The first recipe of the year takes you to Normandy, but I
can't hide the fact that the choice was very difficult, as Wal and I tasted so
many good things during our holidays in France, breads, charcuterie, regional
dishes, cider, pommeau des Charentes, cheeses, pastries and other delights,
including sea spiders (araignée de mer).
You will have received Mike's email about our first event of
the year, our traditional Welcome Party, so I look forward to seeing many of
you on 10 February 2024.