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Photos of Collioure that will make you want to go there!

Written by on April 10, 2020 in Readers Photos
Photos of Collioure that will make you want to go there!

The French Mediterranean village of Collioure is nothing short of enchanting. Travel guru Rick Steves refers to it as “paradise reclaimed” – it’s hard to disagree. These gorgeous photos of  Collioure, basking in the sun, are sure to make you want to visit… Collioure is everything that describes an idyllic postcard-perfect retreat from modern stresses… […]

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Unusual Retirement Options

Written by on March 25, 2020 in Retirement
Unusual Retirement Options

So, you’ve reached retirement age. After a life time of getting up to the alarm clocks call, going to work every day, maybe caring for your family, and saving for this day – you might be wondering what options you have. And these days, you have plenty of choices including some that are not your […]

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Writer’s retreat in Brittany

Written by on March 12, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do
Writer’s retreat in Brittany

Finding time to write. It can be a problem. We’ve all been there. We have big plans for a great story and then we have to go to work, we have to cook dinner, pick up the kids, clean the house, entertain guests, go on outings. And then after all of this extra work all […]

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5 reasons Gascony should be on your France must-see list

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées
5 reasons Gascony should be on your France must-see list

Gascony is one of the most rural regions in all of France and Gers is at its heart. Tourists rarely find their way there even though you reach its outskirts in just 25 minutes from Toulouse. But once you go, you will always want to return, so great is its charm. Here are five reasons […]

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What to do in Lyons-la-Foret, Normandy

Written by on February 4, 2020 in Normandy
What to do in Lyons-la-Foret, Normandy

Lyons-la-Foret is a picturesque village, hidden in the heart of one of the oldest and largest forests of Normandy, where the beech trees are several centuries old. Like many pretty villages in Normandy, there are magnificent half-timbered houses, pink brick or tinted cob style, typical of the region and mostly dating from the 17th to […]

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10 Tips for Provence visits

Written by on February 3, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
10 Tips for Provence visits

Check out these top tips for Provence visits. The prettiest towns, the best shops and antique hunting, amazing attractions and more… The heart of Provence is found in the countryside and it’s hilltop villages. Beyond the big famous cities like Aix or Avignon (both of which are certainly stupendous) a village stay or a farmhouse […]

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Guide to family skiing in Samoëns, French Alps

Written by on February 2, 2020 in Ski
Guide to family skiing in Samoëns, French Alps

When booking your ski trip, there is often a trade-off between convenience and charm. Samoëns, in the Grand Massif ski area, just 1 hour and 10 minutes’ drive from Geneva airport, is a beautiful alpine village, ancient and French… It’s a tale of love at first sight for travel writer Rachel Ifans, whose guide to […]

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The art of making lavender wands in Provence

Written by on January 31, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
The art of making lavender wands in Provence

On a warm June morning, Elsa surveys the lavender patch in front of her childhood home. In a few weeks, when the iconic purple flowers are in full bloom, Elsa will create her fuseaux de lavande, rekindling the art of making lavender wands in Provence. A long lost craft brought back to life Inspired by […]

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Cycling in the Ardennes

Written by on January 27, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Cycling in the Ardennes

La Meuse is a winding river which meanders its way through the French Ardennes and on into Belgium. It’s a haven for cyclists, especially if you enjoy cycling on the flat. A cycle path follows the Meuse for over 50 kms with incredibly scenic views on either side of the river where hills descend sometimes […]

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La Chandeleur in Provence

Written by on January 24, 2020 in Gastronomy
La Chandeleur in Provence

February 2 marks La Chandeleur, a day celebrated in France with the making, and eating, of crêpes. But Provence has it’s own special traditions for this pancake day… How did La Chandeleur start? La Chandeleur is the culmination of the Calendale, the festive holiday season which begins with the feast day of St. Barbara (la […]

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