Regions of France

Drinking the Pink Wine of French Kings

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks
Drinking the Pink Wine of French Kings

In the days when the Chateau de Versailles was just a small castle and grand only on paper, a drawing that promised of the glory to come, builders, decorators and artisans of all sorts were employed to help create its greatness. The work was hard but some of them had a secret advantage, a pink […]

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Gardens of Marqueyssac |Dordogne’s Green Whimsy

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Aquitaine, Places to Go
Gardens of Marqueyssac |Dordogne’s Green Whimsy

One of the most enticing quarters of France to visit, especially for the British, is the Dordogne valley close to the area of Perigueux. There is much to discover and fall in love with including the fabulous Gardens of Marqueyssac. The vast rocky outcrop, high above the river valley and occupied by the formal gardens, […]

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Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Limousin
Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

I visited Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limousin region many years ago. The town is known as the village of the martyrs, a sad memorial to it’s tragic past and the atrocity that took place there on 10 June 1944… I had been camping along the Atlantic Coast on my way to a rugby match at Nontron. […]

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Clairvaux Abbey France | Heaven and Hell

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Champagne-Ardenne
Clairvaux Abbey France | Heaven and Hell

On taking a tour to the ancient Abbey of Clairvaux in Champagne, it is necessary to hand over one’s passport or ID card, for this is also the site of France’s maximum security prison and makes for a highly unusual visit. Janine Marsh treads the thin line that divides good and bad at the 12th Century […]

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Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Written by on October 29, 2014 in French Style, Limousin
Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Walk anywhere in Limoges and you can’t fail to be aware of the town’s reputation for making some of the best porcelain in the world. Shop windows galore are filled to the brim with teapots, vases, cups and sauces and the accoutrements of tableware… Porcelain in Limoges I popped into the premises of Bernadaud, one […]

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Unique Floating Village in France is pure escapism

Written by on October 28, 2014 in Camping and Caravanning, Poitou-Charentes
Unique Floating Village in France is pure escapism

In these days of instant messaging and constant contact, it isn’t easy to escape the pressures of daily life. In the village of Pressac, in Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, is the perfect solution – a floating village in the middle of a lake. Janine Marsh goes offline in search of peace, quiet and pure escapism and finds […]

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Following in the footsteps of Renoir

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Art and Artists, Champagne-Ardenne
Following in the footsteps of Renoir

If your job was to scout picture-perfect locations for chocolate boxes, you’d find the Cote des Bar in Champagne a rich source of glorious material. Postcard pretty villages, vineyards and chateaux, this is a part of France that is incredibly beautiful and yet not overcrowded… Following in the footsteps of Renoir in the village of […]

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The unique French Gin Distillerie near Calais

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Wine and Drinks
The unique French Gin Distillerie near Calais

The skill of making a French style gin once produced in vast quantities and enjoyed by the miners of northern France to fortify themselves against the rigours of work in the coal mines has been all but lost. Janine Marsh tracks down one of the last of the great gin distillers of France near Calais… […]

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Personal Shopping Galeries Lafayette Paris

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Funky, Guest Blogs
Personal Shopping Galeries Lafayette Paris

Want to get a bit of Oh la la French style in Paris? We take a personal shopping experience in one of the most luxurious up-market stores in Paris. Reporter Lisa Buros-Hutchins tries on the best that Paris has to offer and discovers you don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy this free service […]

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Wines of Corsica

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Corsica, Wine and Drinks
Wines of Corsica

We take a look at the wines of Corsica, grown on the slopes and earth of this most beautiful French island in the Mediterannean… It’s the scent of Corsica that lingers longest. The French call it maquis, the locals macchia, both a name for the aroma of rosemary, thyme, marjoram, mint, and a myriad of […]

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