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Top 10 free things to do in Lyon

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Rhône Alpes
Top 10 free things to do in Lyon

Lyon is the third biggest city in France. This is a city with a rich history, authentic feel, and the best French food plus the friendliest people. Experience real France in Lyon – not in Paris, not in Nice, not in Cannes…but in Lyon (where I live)! And what is more important, you can do it […]

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Fabulous Chalet Rental in Paradiski French Alps

Written by on January 23, 2017 in Rhône Alpes, Ski
Fabulous Chalet Rental in Paradiski French Alps

‘You want us to be guinea pigs?’ I said. ‘Yes,’ said Kat and Stuart Pagram, young newly-weds, recently moved to France from the United Kingdom. ‘We need you to test our new chalet – the food, beds, bathroom, hot tub and sauna.’ Well, who could say no to an offer like that? So I drove […]

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Driving the Col du Mont-Cenis in the French Alps

Written by on September 21, 2016 in Driving in France, Rhône Alpes
Driving the Col du Mont-Cenis in the French Alps

If you’re into scenic routes, Mont-Cenis pass in Savoie should definitely be on your list. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps and it’s practically a line between the Cottian and Graian Alps. If you’re traveling to or from Italy, ditch the Frejus tunnel and go this way instead – you won’t […]

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5 officially best places to visit in France

5 officially best places to visit in France

Ask any Frenchman or woman about going on holiday and you’ll find that an astonishingly large number of them will tell you they stay in France. It’s estimated that more than 60% of all French people don’t leave France for their holidays despite the proximity to neighbouring European countries. The reason for the happiness to […]

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Saint-Etienne City Guide

Written by on May 11, 2016 in Rhône Alpes
Saint-Etienne City Guide

Saint-Etienne may not be well known outside of France but to the French it is the home of the football team Les Verts (The Greens) who have their own museum in the town. It’s a former coal mining town and as such Saint-Etienne has gone through a period of reinvention and is emerging as an […]

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Lyon City Guide

Written by on May 3, 2016 in Rhône Alpes
Lyon City Guide

  Lyon is classy, elegant and gastronomically awesome, it’s also huge fun. There are several museums, Roman ruins, quirky shops, incredible architecture including the preserved streets of the old silk quarter and it’s a town with more restaurants than you can shake a stick at! Lyon City Guide Best way to find your bearings: Take […]

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A taste of Morzine Haute-Savoie, France

Written by on April 18, 2016 in Courses, Rhône Alpes
A taste of Morzine Haute-Savoie, France

As you intrepid skiers head off to the mountains for your last fling of the season, or you early bird hikers strap on your boots for some alpine air, try if you can to visit Morzine, about an hour east of Geneva and a little further north of Chamonix. There’s lots of reasons to visit […]

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7 Brilliant Things To Do In Marseille

Written by on March 24, 2016 in Rhône Alpes
7 Brilliant Things To Do In Marseille

You’re totally spoiled for choice for things to do, see and experience in Marseille, the mesmering city by the sea. If like me, you haven’t been there for a while, you may be surprised by the changes that have taken place over the last few years, I know I was. The city is looking spruced […]

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French Postman who spent 33 years building a castle with pebbles

Written by on January 10, 2016 in Culture & Language, Rhône Alpes
French Postman who spent 33 years building a castle with pebbles

At the end of the 19th Century a French postman built a palace single handedly using pebbles he collected on his post round – a great French eccentric. Ferdinand Cheval (born 1836) trained briefly as a baker’s apprentice and then became a postman in his local area of Hatuerives, Drome (Auvergne, Rhone Alpes). One day […]

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Lyon Gastronomic Capital of France

Written by on January 2, 2016 in Rhône Alpes
Lyon Gastronomic Capital of France

Lyon is generally acknowledged by the French to be the gastronomic capital of France; there are more restaurants per head in this city than any other place in France and probably Europe. Food here is taken to another level and people see eating well, eating delicious dishes not just as a pleasure but a way […]

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