Holidays & Things to do

Gourmet Tours of Provence

Written by on August 21, 2016 in French Cuisine, Provence-Alpes, Tours in France
Gourmet Tours of Provence

When you think of France, what usually pops into your head are images of delicious restaurants whose tables and chairs spill out onto sunny terraces, shaded by leafy trees. You can’t help but imagine the most delectable cheeses and the freshest of sweet smelling, just baked baguettes. The image of a bowl of aromatic olive […]

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Sarlat Dordogne In Photos

Written by on August 7, 2016 in Aquitaine, Photo gallery, Places to Go
Sarlat Dordogne In Photos

Sarlat is a town that has retained its ancient good looks to a quite astounding level. Sarlat, or to give it its full name – Sarlat-la-Canéda, is a little bit off the beaten-track and all the better for it. In fact it was very much off the beaten track for almost two centuries from the […]

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Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Glass of bubbly in hand, I find myself relaxing by the waterside, soaking up the sun next to the hubby, while our two children play happily together in a field full of daisies. I know what you’re thinking – I must be recounting a dream. Well, you’d be wrong. This was a real, idyllic and picturesque […]

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Lovely holiday home to rent near Beziers

Lovely holiday home to rent near Beziers

In the shadow of the medieval Chateau de Murviel, la Maison Murviel basks in the sunshine of the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France, known to the locals as the real south of France. The 300 years old Maison Murviel was built directly below the Chateau in the mid 1700s though the town of Murviel-les-Beziers in which […]

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Relaxing Retreat in Rural France

Relaxing Retreat in Rural France

The Soul Alive Retreat in the magical Tarn Valley, Midi-Pyrenees, 21-27 September 2016. Personal, creative, life-changing.  Imagine the luxury of six whole days away from it all in this tranquil corner of rural France to focus on you and to reflect on where you’re heading.  If you’re wondering what else life has to offer than […]

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Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

The flea markets of France are well known, but the biggest and many say the best in Europe and one of the top flea markets in the world is the Braderie de Lille, northern France. This massive market takes place annually and lures crowds of treasure seekers and bargain hunters from around the globe. I […]

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Magical Son et Lumière Palais des Papes, Avignon In English

Magical Son et Lumière Palais des Papes, Avignon In English

A son et lumière masterpiece takes place each year at the incredible Palais des Papes, in Avignon, Provence, once the home of Popes. Throughout the summer as night falls and the hot air cools, the palace is festooned in a riot of colour as if daubed with a magic paintbrush. Music booms across the magnificent […]

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Jazz at Juan-les-Pins Antibes France

Written by on July 11, 2016 in Music Events, Provence-Alpes
Jazz at Juan-les-Pins Antibes France

I’ve been a regular at this jazz festival over the past few years and every year when the programme is published I cannot resist just one more visit! I duly pack my bags and set off for the French Riviera and head for Antibes/Juan-les-Pins… If you’re of a certain age you may well remember Peter […]

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The 21 stages of The Tour de France 2016

The 21 stages of The Tour de France 2016

Tour de France 2016: And… they’re off! On July 2 2016, 198 riders competing in 22 teams of nine riders will start an epic jounrey that will take in France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland. They will cycle an astonishing 3535km in just 21 days which will push them all to their limits and leave them […]

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Walking the Pyrenees the Easy Way

Written by on June 14, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées, Tours in France
Walking the Pyrenees the Easy Way

The Pyrenees are a natural border separating France and Spain and, although the highest peaks reach over 3000m, there’s some beautiful hiking between villages, keeping mainly to the valleys. I’ve long wanted to visit the Pyrenees, attracted by the mountains and lured by the promise of good food and wine. Even better I’ve opted for […]

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