Regions of France

Languedoc – The Biggest Vineyard in the World

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Languedoc-Rousillon
Languedoc – The Biggest Vineyard in the World

I confess, I am a wine heathen and know nothing about wine (I believe it is not necessary to spend more than 2.50 Euros on a bottle of wine). I have always been blissfully ignorant of wine rules and requirements and gone for the ‘Well I like what I like ‘and that’s good enough for […]

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Majestic Wine Calais for a right royal shopping deal in France

Majestic Wine Calais for a right royal shopping deal in France

Majestic Wine Calais is a huge warehouse selling beer, wines, spirits and champagne in Calais; it has weathered the difficulties of the last few years well. The recession and the strong Euro have taken their toll, all of the popular booze cruise outlets have suffered, and some have gone… So how has Majestic Wine, “The […]

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History of the French Riviera The American Connection

Written by on July 21, 2014 in French Style, Provence-Alpes
History of the French Riviera The American Connection

If you visit the French Riviera in July or August, you may have trouble finding enough space on the beach to put your towel. It’s difficult to imagine that until the 1920s there were no summer tourists there, hardly any hotels and no one swimming in the sea. Margo Lestz looks at the American connection […]

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Best Beer in France – Brasserie de Saint Omer

Written by on July 21, 2014 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Wine and Drinks
Best Beer in France – Brasserie de Saint Omer

A tale of one man’s passion for beer and how it has led to a fabulous success story in France. From a small enterprise making home made beer, delivered by hand in a little van to become one of the biggest beer brewers in France – the Brasserie de Saint Omer… Driving through the countryside […]

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Great places to eat in Saint Omer, Pas de Calais

Written by on July 21, 2014 in French Cuisine, Nord-Pas de Calais
Great places to eat in Saint Omer, Pas de Calais

The north of France is a bit of a secret place for foodies. It’s reputation is very well known – but largely amongst those who live there. We take a look at great places to eat in Saint Omer, just 30 minutes from Calais port, perfect for a day trip or weekend to enjoy a […]

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Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

The Lille Flea market, known to the locals as the Lille Braderie, will take place over the weekend of 6th and 7th September 2014 This awesome flea market is the biggest in Europe and attracts up to two million buyers bent on seeking a bargain amongst the 10,000 stall holders. Over 100km of road space is […]

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Cognac Tour France

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Poitou-Charente
Cognac Tour France

Cognac tour France: When it comes to cognac, it’s all about the barrel says Geraldine Smith as she finds out how the angels take their share… Cognac, a grape brandy, is produced in the Charente-Maritime region of France, mainly within the surrounding areas of the town of Cognac. Staying about ten miles away from Cognac […]

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Spa breaks in the south of france

Written by on July 16, 2014 in Languedoc-Rousillon
Spa breaks in the south of france

On a relaxing spa break trip to Montpellier in the south of France, the ancient town of Castries makes for a refreshing tranquil stop says Lucy Pitts  as she languishes in the shade of the Chêne… Just 10km north east of Montpellier is the small, sleepy village of Castries. It’s been home to the Castries […]

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Roll your way around France

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Funky
Roll your way around France

Rollerblading has rapidly gained popularity in France where it has been embraced by people of all ages. The top three destination cities for skating enthusiasts in France include Rennes, Paris and Annecy. Among these, Paris leads the pack and it is not uncommon to see in-line skaters weaving between pedestrians and zipping their way through […]

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Montpellier – a city of surprises

Written by on July 14, 2014 in Languedoc-Rousillon
Montpellier – a city of surprises

Montpellier is an elegant, cultured, cosmopolitan and seductive southern French city that is full of surprises says Lucy Pitts… Living history of Montpellier It’s been said that Montpellier is one of 15 “must visit” cities of the world but as I flew in on a bumpy EasyJet flight for a one day world wind romance […]

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