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Paris lover’s guide to the city…

Written by on September 16, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Paris lover’s guide to the city…

We talk to chef and author Lisa Baker Morgan who splits her life between Los Angeles and Paris. As a Paris local with a love of food, culture and history, she shares some of her top tips for visitors the the city of light… What draws you to Paris – the things that make you […]

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Walks in the French Riviera

Written by on September 15, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Walks in the French Riviera

Visitors to the French Riviera between Nice and the Italian border can experience many heavenly hikes. Signposted walks take you alongside the glorious blue Mediterranean sea, past some of the richest real estate in the world and through gorgeous villages. Australian Susan McDonald has enjoyed many walks in the South of France and shares some […]

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Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Written by on September 13, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Flan Pâtissier (or Parisian) is a simple custard tart and a classic French recipe but it’s origins go back much further. “What have the Romans ever done for us?” The classic line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian got the answer “aqueducts… sanitation… roads… irrigation…” and a whole lot more. They didn’t say flans – […]

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Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera

Written by on August 25, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera

Located between the bustling city of Nice and the uber-opulence of Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer is a little corner of paradise. Pretty as a picture, in this ancient village visitors can experience history, culture and the glorious Mediterranean. Susan Macdonald from Australia says it’s the perfect place for a holiday when you’re travelling solo. Vive Villefranche Fashion […]

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How to host a dinner party in true French style

Written by on July 20, 2020 in French Style, Gastronomy
How to host a dinner party in true French style

Julia Girard-Gervois of TripUSAFrance organises amazing tours of France. Though she now lives in the USA, she loves to bring a taste of French style to her table. We asked Julia for her top tips to create a French flavour at home… French table style Always make sure that the dinner table is dressed before […]

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A local’s guide to wandering in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Written by on June 11, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
A local’s guide to wandering in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

What do the Romans, Nostradamus and Van Gogh have in common? Give up? For a time, they all bunked down in the enticing Provençal enclave that we know as Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Here, the Romans built Glanum. The renowned seer entered the world. And the Dutch artist created his masterpiece, Starry Nights. Fast forward to the 21st […]

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Magical standing stones of Carnac, Brittany

Written by on May 18, 2020 in Brittany
Magical standing stones of Carnac, Brittany

With its rows of standing stones, Carnac, on the south coast of Brittany, has long fascinated man. Along the northern side of the town, around three thousand standing stones, called menhirs in French, stretch in alignments for several kilometres. The three main alignments are Le Ménec with 1,169 stones, Kermario comprising 1,029, and Kerlescan has […]

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Rosé wine | The taste of summer in France

Written by on May 4, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Rosé wine | The taste of summer in France

You would have to be a tea-teetotaller not to have noticed the explosion in popularity of rosé wines in recent years, they are everywhere. Exports of Provence rosés, the main production area in France,  to their largest customer, the USA, have increased 10 fold in just over 7 years. As soon as the sun stars […]

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What to see in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Written by on April 30, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
What to see in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

If you love charming villages with oodles of historic monuments and art galleries, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is definitely somewhere you should put on your must-see list. Located in the Alpes-Maritime department on the French Riviera, this medieval village is one of the prettiest hilltop towns of Provence. Cobbled streets, centuries old buildings, small squares, vaulted passageways, arcades […]

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Lemon, thyme & olive oil cake | Taste of Provence

Written by on April 27, 2020 in Desserts
Lemon, thyme & olive oil cake | Taste of Provence

There are three ingredients that always make me think of Provence and the South of France – olive oil, lemons and fresh thyme… Olive trees were introduced to France more than 2500 years ago and flourished due to the dry soil and agreeable climate. Groves of olive trees can be seen throughout Provence which now […]

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