Holidays and Things to do

CroisiEurope – barge and river boat cruise success story

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Cruise holidays
CroisiEurope – barge and river boat cruise success story

Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the deliberate pace of French weddings and baptisms, even when I’m clearly the American outsider. If you’re patient, after all the formal speeches, blessings and champagne toasts, you can meet enough people and hear enough tales to feel like you really do know the family. Even when it’s […]

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Great Ferry offers Dover Calais France

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Holiday Travel
Great Ferry offers Dover Calais France

If you’re a regular traveller to France, a great way to save money is to take advantage of frequent traveller offers on the ferries. You’ll need to buy a set amount of tickets in advance for which the price is fixed  but there can be terms and conditions which you must check to see if […]

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Cannes Film Festival History – is it all binge and bling?

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals
Cannes Film Festival History – is it all binge and bling?

A review of the Cannes Film Festival – it isn’t all bling and binge, it’s also an event in which cultural and political influence are evident says journalist and fan of the festival Mohammad Reza Amirinia… Cannes in the south of France has gained great importance from being home to one of the most prestigious […]

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Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

In the city of Nice it is said that “a home without a gourd is like an empty nest”. Margo Lestz investigates the famous festivals of Nice France and visits the quirky gourd festival that takes place in the hills above the city… Nice is a French city, of course, but it also has a […]

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Home away from Home France

Home away from Home France

For many of us, a holiday in France is about living the dream, not just as a tourist but as a local. As well as enjoying the sun and the sea, fabulous cuisine and great wines – we also want an authentic experience, a chance to immerse ourselves in the culture and local lifestyle. So, […]

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5 Brilliant short breaks in France

Written by on April 3, 2014 in Driving in France, Holiday Travel
5 Brilliant short breaks in France

A sneaky, cheeky break in the sunshine in France can really perk you up. Hop on a plane in the UK, hop off in France, pick up a hire car and enjoy a few days of fantastic French food and wine, sight-seeing and culture. Here, we recommend five brilliant short breaks in France for that […]

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April Fool’s Day or April Fish Day France

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Events
April Fool’s Day or April Fish Day France

A look at the origins of Poisson d’Avril – April Fool’s Day in France – a mystery involving a King of France and a fishy story… In many countries, the first day of April is a day to play harmless jokes on family and friends. This usually consists of telling a farfetched story in such […]

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Major Napoleon Events in France 2014

Written by on March 27, 2014 in Events
Major Napoleon Events in France 2014

Napoleon Bonaparte will be remembered forever as one of the greatest leaders of France. He once declared “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever” – something he need never fear. The legend of the Corsican born general who became an Emperor captures the imagination to this day and he is remembered for the many battles […]

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The most beautiful places in France to visit

Written by on March 26, 2014 in Places to Go
The most beautiful places in France to visit

It’s certainly no surprise to us that for the last 20 years and more, France has remained at the top of the list for the world’s most popular tourist destination. Paris, Provence, the glamour of the French Riviera, the exquisite cuisine, history, culture and traditions, fine wines, romantic chateaux, dazzling landmarks and picturesque villages – […]

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The secret Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The secret Chateaux of the Loire Valley

My top ten châteaux and castles in the Loire Valley are the four “Cs”. Chenonceau, Chambord, Cheverny and Chaumont – followed by the royal castles of Amboise and Blois, all of which are located in the same general area; then Azay le Rideau, Ussé and Villandry, which form another geographical group, and Valençay, out on its […]

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