Welcome to the September/October 2020 edition of My French Country Home Magazine!
Our fall edition is here! From Lyon to Gascony to the Berry, this issue brings you the beautiful colors, cozy comforts and delicious flavors of autumn in France. We head down to the historical city of Lyon to help you plan the perfect weekend, including tips from an antique insider so you navigate the city’s famous brocante. On the table are five Lyonnaise classics to make at home, as are three Gascon-style dishes from culinary teacher Kate Hill. We also take you on a visual trip to ten French natural wonders – mountains, lakes, volcanoes – France really has it all. See the gorgeous hues of fall in the Berry, and get on board with the modern rustic trend.
Read on to find out more!
MFCH Lyon Guide
This issue’s “Discovering France” guide has everything you need for a trip down South to the enchanting city of Lyon. Nestled at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers, it is rich in history (2,000 years worth!), gastronomic heritage, art, culture and local markets. For adventurers and nature lovers, it also has the lush natural parks and skiable mountains of the Ardèche nearby for exploring. From where to stay, to where to eat, to what to do, we have you covered. Start planning a trip now…
Les Jardins De Castillon
Meet an English-inspired garden in the heart of a little village near Bayeux. Hubert and Colette Sainte Beuve have dedicated their lives to transforming what started as a patch of farmland into an elaborate, an Alice in Wonderland-like destination. With eight different garden rooms to explore — and features such as a geometric pond, a boardwalk terrace and a “Flower Alley”— and perennials aplenty, it is evident the couple has created a uniquely special, green haven.
Fall in The Berry
A historical region famous for its picturesque vineyards, endless stretches of pastures, rolling fields, gorgeous lakes and charming villages, the Berry is the perfect place to enjoy nature’s autumnal show. Photographer Teddy Verneuil — one half of Lez Broz, along with his brother, Thomas — has a knack for capturing landscapes and effortlessly brings out the beauty and harmony of fall and all its colors in this natural region.
The Kitchen In Caumont
Author, cook and teacher Kate Hill sailed to the Gascony region of southwest France, tied up her canal barge to a tumble-down stone and brick farmhouse and never looked back. She has since converted the ruin into an acclaimed culinary retreat where people from all over the world — professional cooks and newbies alike — come to learn the rustic Gascon cooking style. Hear her story, then try your hand at three of her delicious recipes inspired by the region.
A 17th-Century Revival
The story of a knowledgable couple’s impressive renovation of a manor home in Burgundy. With an eye for authenticity, art and design, Fabienne and François Bard had the foresight to see the potential beyond a clumsy renovation and spent years restoring and revealing the house’s 17th-century aesthetic in all its splendor. See exactly how they created their unique and idyllic home.