6 Jun 2012

Les Chimères, Puylaroque, SW France: Four in a bed....
Just been contacted by 'Bienvenue chez nous', the French equivalent of 4 in a bed ...do I want to take part in their new series? Hum.... good question: the mail included interviews with previous contestants who said they'd had an increase of 30% in bookings since the programme was aired in April 2012.........wonderful for them. BUT the French version (which OF COURSE I watched!) seemed far bitchier and much more commercial (winner gets 3000 € prize and TV public competes for 1000 € prize by texting "what colour was the house facade" etc.........) which is somewhat offputting. Although I had some backstabbing comments from other contestants, overall have no regrets for having taken part in the UK version cos it put Puylaroque on the map, DESPITE the fact that I've had only one booking so far as a result..............Hey guys, I know you're out there, thanks to website hits, but 'come on down' to Puylaroque!
Oh, by the way...I really don't speak French all the time to British guests....tongue in cheek directing, n'est-ce pas?
Think resting on one's laurels is the best course of action, non? Any comments?
Lisanne (aka Frances de la Tour)