Regions of France

Saint Quentin Picardy and a Great War Secret

Written by on March 26, 2015 in Picardy
Saint Quentin Picardy and a Great War Secret

St. Quentin in Picardy is home to many outstanding architectural features including an extraordinary, medieval basilica that can be seen from miles around in the Picardy countryside says Bob Lyons as he visits this quintessential French town… The Basilique Saint Quentin is imposing and dominating and bears the scars of Great War damage that occurred […]

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Troyes, Champagne

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne
Troyes, Champagne

Troyes is the former capital of Champagne and is a perfect short trip visit from Paris. At just an hour and a half by train it can be a day trip but a couple of days and an overnight stay would be better because there’s so much to see and do in this lovely, vibrant […]

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New Antiques and Arts Fair for Paris

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Art and Artists, Arty
New Antiques and Arts Fair for Paris

April 2015 sees the launch of a brand new annual antiques and art fair in Paris. The Paris Beaux-Arts Fair will be held at the celebrated Carrousel du Louvre right in the heart of the City in rue de Rivoli. The Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) who are the organisers of the event say that […]

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The history of Mustard in France

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Gastronomy, Quirky
The history of Mustard in France

Mustard has been popular in France for at least 1500 years, at one point there was even a mustard maker to Pope John XXII (1249 – 1334) who was at that time living in Avignon giving rise to the popular expression “Se croire le premier moutardier du pape”  which means “he thinks himself the Pope’s […]

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The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Poitou-Charentes
The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

The building of a replica 18th Century sailing ship in France is an incredible project which began in 1997 and is coming to fruition in 2015 – but its roots go back more than two centuries to it’s namesake Hermione, a boat that played an important role in the history of America and France… In […]

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Picpus Cemetery Paris

Written by on March 23, 2015 in Paris, Quirky
Picpus Cemetery Paris

In a seldom visited corner of Paris, near Place de la Nation in the 12th arrondissement, is Picpus Cemetery, one of the city’s most unusual burial grounds – the last resting place of a hero of the American Revolution and victims of the French Revolution, a plot where the history of France is preserved… Here, between […]

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10 reasons why Provence is a perfect holiday destination

Written by on March 19, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
10 reasons why Provence is a perfect holiday destination

“Since my childhood I have been visiting Provence and from that early introduction it remains my most favourite area to go on holiday” says author Darina Nykl… Ten reasons why Provence really is the most perfect holiday destination… 1. The climate of Provence Provence has mild winters and hot summers. With an average of 2800-3000 […]

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Hospices de Nuits St Georges

Written by on March 16, 2015 in Burgundy, Wine and Drinks
Hospices de Nuits St Georges

Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction: Hospices de Nuits St Georges… In the shadow of Burgundy’s mega-watt Hospices de Beaune lies an alternative wine auction – the annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges. Held each March, the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges makes up for in attitude what it lacks in media attention. Activities include a luxury chocolate festival, exclusive tastings and […]

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The Magnifique Marais Poitou Charentes

Written by on March 10, 2015 in Poitou-Charentes
The Magnifique Marais Poitou Charentes

At sunrise, the road across the marais de Brouage runs straight as a die towards ancient hills in the east. We are staying at a gîte in Marennes, the ‘City of Oysters’, as we put the final coat of paint on the walls of a recently purchased property a little further inland. It is late […]

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French Riviera Club Celebrates the Belle Epoque

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Provence-Alpes, Quirky Stuff
French Riviera Club Celebrates the Belle Epoque

Re-live history on the French Riviera: Le Bal des Courtisans is a newly-formed club on the French Riviera, offering themed events to create an atmosphere of the grandeur of France at various periods during its history.  As an added interest, this includes dressing the part in period costume. It’s a great way for attendees to make […]

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