Regions of France

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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Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Picardy
Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

I have travelled extensively by car in France over the last twenty five years. As I approach a new town or village that I am not familiar with, I am always confident that I will not be disappointed. The suburbs can sometimes be a little dull but the ‘centre ville’ will always be a shining […]

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Paris Travel Guide

Written by on November 5, 2014 in Holiday Travel, Paris
Paris Travel Guide

It’s a city that is like any other big city – there’s good and there’s bad. It’s a city that is also unlike any other city in the world, it’s Paris… One of the big misconceptions many people have is the size of Paris, and I mean inner Paris, the arrondissements (districts) not the sprawling […]

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A tiny perfect tour of Provence

Written by on November 4, 2014 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France
A tiny perfect tour of Provence

When the Women’s Travel Network in Toronto asked author Patricia Sands if she would lead a tour through the towns and villages that the characters in her novel, ‘The Promise of Provence’, visited – she didn’t hesitate for a second to say yes… And so it was that last June I had the distinct privilege […]

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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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