Regions of France

Passion for Produce, artisan vegetable grower in France

Passion for Produce, artisan vegetable grower in France

In Offin, in the Seven Valleys, Pas de Calais tucked down one of the side streets of this tranquil little village is an extraordinary secret. There are no shops or bars and not many signs of life except on a Sunday, when the auberge of a local vegetable grower opens for lunch… Offin is about […]

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50s Fashion France show in Paris

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Arty, French Style
50s Fashion France show in Paris

In 1947, Christian Dior launched the first collection of his own fashion house, it revolutionized fashion codes and femininity. Immediately dubbed the ‘New Look” by Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Carmel Snow, the “hourglass” figure and its extravagant demand for fabric, coming after the frugal years of the war created a furore. It met with […]

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Nuit Blanche Paris 2014

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
Nuit Blanche Paris 2014

The Nuit Blanche (White Night) has become one of the most popular events on the Paris cultural calendar. It’s an opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy art in Paris in a relaxed and unusual way and have a lot of fun doing it – every first Saturday of October.  Stay up and party with […]

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The most delicious French goats milk cheese

Written by on September 29, 2014 in French Cuisine, Nord-Pas de Calais
The most delicious French goats milk cheese

Less than an hour from Calais, but deep in the belly of rural France in the lovely Seven Valleys lives a cheese producer. She is famous in these parts for the delicious goats milk cheese she makes and organic bread that she bakes in her authentic wood oven… Valerie Magniez is an artisan cheese producer; […]

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The rocky road to Rodez Aveyron

Written by on September 26, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées
The rocky road to Rodez Aveyron

Travelling the rocky road to Rodez Aveyron, via the beautiful little village of Belcastel… Belcastel There are 3 ways into the tiny village of Belcastel and the one I arrived on was little more than a dirt track. Winding and bending its way round the hills it gave us wonderfully tempting glimpses of the medieval […]

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Villefranche-de-Rouergue on the French Pilgrimage Trail in Aveyron

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées
Villefranche-de-Rouergue on the French Pilgrimage Trail in Aveyron

Escape from the bedlam – the quieter treasures of Villefranche-de-Rouergue on the French Pilgrim Trail in Aveyron… If you are in the Aveyron region of France, there is almost no greater pleasure than a morning spent weaving your way through the voluptuous delights of the well-known Thursday market in Villefranche. Bu, when you’ve had your […]

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Soulages Museum Rodez and its fabulous Restaurant

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Art and Artists, Celebrity Chefs, Midi-Pyrénées
Soulages Museum Rodez and its fabulous Restaurant

The Two giants of Rodez in Aveyron – the French artist and the French chef, a winning and inspirational combination… Pierre Soulages – Black to black If you know a little bit about French culture then the chances are you’re already familiar with the internationally acclaimed painter and sculpture Pierre Soulages, if only for his […]

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Villefranche-de-Rouergue Aveyron

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées
Villefranche-de-Rouergue Aveyron

Villefranche-de-Rouergue – a celebration of local life and produce… The Aveyron region of France is known both for its abundance of local produce, its raw and captivating landscape and its intriguing gastronomy and if Conques was fuel for the soul of the ancient pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela, then surely Villefranche-de-Rouergue was a […]

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Conques France, the jewel of Aveyron

Written by on September 23, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées
Conques France, the jewel of Aveyron

Nourishing the soul in the ever changing light of Conques, a lure for the modern day pilgrim and a place of contemplative beauty says Lucy Pitts as she visits the medieval town in the Aveyron region… There is always something wonderfully evocative about the medieval towns and villages you find dotted along the pilgrim trails […]

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5 ways to travel in Paris

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Paris, Quirky
5 ways to travel in Paris

If you’re planning to visit Paris, the chances are you will need to use public transport.  Luckily for you, transport choices in Paris are excellent, there’s no need to take your own car, just sit back and enjoy the ride as we take a look at 5 great ways to travel in Paris…. 5 great […]

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