Regions of France

The First Ever Sparkling Wine of France

Written by on January 20, 2015 in Languedoc-Roussillon, Wine and Drinks
The First Ever Sparkling Wine of France

Stand up the REAL Champagne? The first ever sparkling wine of France, produced in 1531, a century before Dom Perignon. Everyone loves the pomp and ceremony of opening a bottle of Champagne – there’s a reason the fizzy wine is first choice for celebrations everywhere. Its expensive price ensures it’s a drink for special occasions […]

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Saint Vincent Tournante, Burgundy Wine Festival

Written by on January 20, 2015 in Burgundy, Wine and Drinks
Saint Vincent Tournante, Burgundy Wine Festival

You may know about Burgundy’s annual Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction held each November. Maybe even about the entire Trois Glorieuses, of which the auction is a part. But did you know about Burgundy’s OTHER famous wine festival – the Saint Vincent Tournante? Celebrated in late January each year, the festival honours the January 22nd feast day of St. Vincent, […]

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The Most Romantic City in France | Strasbourg

Written by on January 20, 2015 in Alsace, Festivals and Carnivals
The Most Romantic City in France | Strasbourg

Love is in the Air in Strasbourg in February when, for ten days – it’s Valentine’s Day! Strasbourg Mon Amour If all you need is love, then this great city in northeast France has come up trumps as “Strasbourg Mon Amour” takes place each year in February. There’s nothing else quite like it and it’s […]

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Battlefield tours in Champagne-Ardenne

Written by on January 19, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne
Battlefield tours in Champagne-Ardenne

Visitors to France are preparing to visit the less well-known battlefields, memorials and museums in the North West. A new brochure is designed to give an insight into the events that took place there during WWI, download: 1914-1918 The First World War in the Marne The static trench warfare and fierce battles in north-west France […]

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Shakespeare and Company Paris Bookstore

Written by on January 15, 2015 in Quirky
Shakespeare and Company Paris Bookstore

For any book-lover, the Shakespeare and Company Paris bookstore is a must-see. It has been the centre of the English-speaking literary community in the city for sixty years… Located just across the Seine from Notre Dame, the shop is housed in a crooked 17th century building with huge exposed beams. The building, which was originally […]

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Inspiring Côte d’Azur

Written by on January 12, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
Inspiring Côte d’Azur

We live in the middle of the United States. No matter how you measure it: north, south, east, or west, Kansas is the center. I’m a writer and my husband is an artist. There is much to write about and paint in the Midwest, but our greatest inspiration is in France – a nation rich […]

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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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