Regions of France

Rennes Brittany |Retail, History and Art

Written by on December 16, 2014 in Brittany
Rennes Brittany |Retail, History and Art

Brittany’s administrative capital is a city of contrasts and never fails to excite. The narrow, cobbled streets in the mediaeval area diverge dramatically with wide tree-lined boulevards. Half-timbered buildings dating back to the 17th century merge successfully with modern glass fronted boutiques and up-market bars. Historic and avant-garde architecture blend timeless testimony to past and […]

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Christmas in Paris from your Armchair

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Christmas Markets, Paris, Photo gallery
Christmas in Paris from your Armchair

It just trips off the tongue doesn’t it, Christmas in Paris… the lights, the markets, bars and restaurants gleaming and teaming, vin chaud and lush shops with wonderful window dressings. The loveliest streets and avenues in the city are decked out in magical lights and historic buildings twinkle. More than ever, the capital lives up […]

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Loire Valley Winter scenes

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Pays de la Loire
Loire Valley Winter scenes

Winter brings a special romance to the Loire Valley. Take a gentle drive along the route of the Dukes of Anjou and enjoy the magic, as the river conjures castles and churches out of the mist. Award winning writer photographer Jane Gifford discovers the magic of the Loire in winter… On the rue des Ducs […]

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Vendée Christmas Markets

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Christmas Markets, Poitou-Charentes
Vendée Christmas Markets

If you love the Vendée for its enchanting landscape and breath-taking historical monuments, then the chances are you’ll equally love its crisp, cold, clear blue winter skies, sharp frosts and bracing Decembers. But whilst perhaps not the most obvious choice of venue, if you want to really indulge yourself in the spirit of Christmas, the […]

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Awesome 4 Day Light Show in Lyon France

Written by on December 1, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Rhône Alpes
Awesome 4 Day Light Show in Lyon France

“Protect us from famine, war and plague, Seigneur,” cried the Lyonnaise people in 1628. Alas, their pleas came too late – the bubonic plague had already crossed the Rhône River, terrifying the inhabitants and killing half of them. Liza Perrat investigates the Black Death illuminated in Lyon… The desperate people prayed to the Virgin Mary […]

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Brasserie Georges Lyon | A Literary Feast

Written by on November 28, 2014 in French Cuisine, Rhône Alpes
Brasserie Georges Lyon | A Literary Feast

A few blocks from Vieux Lyon, with its impressively large district of renaissance architecture in France, Brasserie Georges seems to have changed little since its foundation in 1836 by Georges Hoffer, a Strasbourg brewer. Liza Perrat visits a historic restaurant which has hosted the gliterrati of the literary world for almost two centuries… I can […]

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Shakespeare uncovered in France

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews, Nord-Pas de Calais
Shakespeare uncovered in France

An amazing discovery in a municipal library in France has left the book and antique world reeling as one of the world’s rarest books – a 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s first plays has been found on the shelf. Much Ado about Something you could say… Imagine being a librarian and picking a book of the […]

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The vineyards of Nice, south of France

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Provence-Alpes, Wine and Drinks
The vineyards of Nice, south of France

Nice Wine: Of course for most of us at least, wine is nice, but specifically we’re referring to the wine made in and around the city of Nice. The glittering stretch of coastline between Monaco and Cannes may be famous for many things, but the fermented grape isn’t one of them. That’s why most visitors and even […]

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The fish skin artisan at Fanlac, Dordogne

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Aquitaine
The fish skin artisan at Fanlac, Dordogne

Hidden away upon one of the Dordogne hills, Fanlac was made famous in France by Eugene Le Roy’s Jacquou le Croquant, a novel set in this picturesque village which was subsequently the location for filming the story for a popular TV series and a film in 2007… Famous as it is in France, the little […]

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Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Much excitement in Paris at the end of 2014 accompanied the opening stage of a brand new private museum and art Centre. Sponsored by the group LVMH (Louis Vuitton) and its subsidiaries, the Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris is an incredible sight, a standout colossus of a building. Linda Matthieu takes an inaugural visit and finds […]

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