Festivals and Carnivals

Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Written by on July 30, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne, Festivals and Carnivals
Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Quirky and Quaint – the World’s Biggest Puppet Party, Charleville-Meziers, Champagne-Ardennes… It may not be quite so well known as the Place Stanislas in Nancy, but Place Ducal in Charleville-Mezieres, in the region of Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne is one of the finest and most beautiful in France. Visitors may be forgiven for thinking that they may […]

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An Accidental Tourist at the Festival of Avignon

Written by on July 10, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
An Accidental Tourist at the Festival of Avignon

As our taxi entered the city walls of Avignon, it was evident that something was happening. I had seen online that a festival would be starting the day after our arrival, but didn’t think much about it. I just thought it was nice that there would be a little festival going on. But, from our […]

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Palais des Papes Light Show Avignon

Palais des Papes Light Show Avignon

It’s a star attraction in Provence – the ancient Palace of the Popes. Avignon is one of the prettiest places in France, a once tranquil and picturesque town that for a brief time became the seat of religious power in Europe. From 1309 to 1376, seven successive Popes based their court there instead of Rome; […]

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The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, French Cuisine, Limousin
The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

In France, strawberries are adored – in fact they even claim to be responsible for the popularity of the delicious red fruit! The common woodland strawberry was known in Roman times and grown in Europe since early days but it was much later that the sweet red strawberry will know today was cultivated. In France […]

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The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Poitou-Charentes
The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

The building of a replica 18th Century sailing ship in France is an incredible project which began in 1997 and is coming to fruition in 2015 – but its roots go back more than two centuries to it’s namesake Hermione, a boat that played an important role in the history of America and France… In […]

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Attending La Fête du Citron in Menton

Written by on February 17, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
Attending La Fête du Citron in Menton

Menton is a charming village near the Italian border. It was love at first sight for author Darina Nykl… Fête du Citron Every year the “Fête du Citron” has a different theme, such as 2015′s “The Tribulations of a Lemon in China” – deliciously quirky. This is a unique event and involves giant sculptures of citrus […]

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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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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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Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Pays de la Loire
Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

The annual light show Le Mans is a spectacular sight and a great way to enjoy an evening in the town throughout the summer months. Known as the Nuit des Chimères, this free event is a must see for all visitors to Le Mans says expat in the area, Susan Keefe… Annual Light Show Le […]

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Best place to watch Bastille Day Fireworks in Paris July 2014

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals
Best place to watch Bastille Day Fireworks in Paris July 2014

Bastille day is celebrated with much pomp, splendour and gusto in Paris and the Paris Bastille Day fireworks are an institution – a major event to see at least once in your life. The famous fireworks show attracts hundreds of thousands of people, and for good reason. Here are our tips for the best place […]

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