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Five top tips for choosing a great restaurant in Paris

Written by on March 19, 2019 in Paris
Five top tips for choosing a great restaurant in Paris

With thousands of restaurants to choose from in Paris, just how do you pick the authentic and delicious eatery you’ve been dreaming of? Paris may be full of eating choices but not all restaurants and cafés are created equal. And it isn’t just about picking a place without English menus (in fact, this rule has […]

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In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

Written by on March 15, 2019 in Art and Artists
In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

Claude Monet’s paintings of the Alabaster coast in Normandy, and in particular Etretat, are hung on the walls of the most prestigious art museums throughout the world. (Above: Etretat painted by Monet in 1885, now hangs in the Musee des Beaux Arts, Dijon). Monet spent time in the Etretat fishing village in February of 1883. […]

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Taking your dog to France from Canada

Written by on March 11, 2019 in Holidays with Pets
Taking your dog to France from Canada

“Just borrow a dog for a few hours,” a Toronto friend once told me. I was trying to figure out ways to become more local – to connect more deeply – during the three-or-so months that we spent in the South of France each year. I could see myself gliding through Antibes’ streets with little […]

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Picture Perfect Paris in the spring

Written by on February 23, 2019 in Paris
Picture Perfect Paris in the spring

Antoine Collas, a Paris photographer, shares his favourite photos of the city of light in the spring. Originally from Aix-en-Provence he now lives in Paris and never tires of taking photos of the ever changing scenery. His favourite location is along the Seine River which he says “never looks the same”… The carousel by the […]

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A quiet bistro in Paris

Written by on February 21, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A quiet bistro in Paris

It was lunchtime in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, and I was ravenous looking for a place to eat away from the usual tourist traps. I turned down a quiet street and saw the most unassuming bistro. In fact, I wouldn’t usually have considered going in but I decided to take a chance. As soon […]

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In the footsteps of the post-Impressionists in Provence

Written by on February 19, 2019 in Art and Artists
In the footsteps of the post-Impressionists in Provence

In the 1870’s the Impressionists and post-impressionists were centralized in the Parisian capital. Here they would discuss art and their next exhibitions in the cafés and nightclubs of Montmartre. However, towards the end of the 19th century, many became fed up with the capital and scattered to go their separate ways. A fascination with light […]

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A potted history of the Cathars

Written by on February 18, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A potted history of the Cathars

Catharism has been described as “the most successful heresy in history”. In Languedoc, “Pays Cathare” signs dot the countryside. One cannot drive far in any direction without coming upon the ruins of a Cathar fortress. Who were the Cathars? “Cathar” is allegedly derived from the Greek word, katharos, meaning “pure”. The Cathars were also known […]

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Bordeaux City | Pey Berland district

Written by on February 2, 2019 in Aquitaine
Bordeaux City | Pey Berland district

Bordeaux city has several distinct districts each quite different from each other. Pey Berland has a blend of old and new and a hip vibe plus Bordeaux’s only shopping mall. Pey Berland Bordeaux This district is an interesting mix of elegant 18th century architecture and contemporary 1960s construction. It’s home to the administrative center of […]

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5 Brilliant things to do in the Haute-Pyrenees, France

Written by on February 1, 2019 in Rhône Alpes
5 Brilliant things to do in the Haute-Pyrenees, France

The French Pyrenees are a mountain range unlike any other. Situated along the French-Spanish border, these mountains have a distinct medieval history. Although they are less famous than their eastern sisters the Alps, their relative obscurity gives the Pyrenees a distinct peace. Robynne McTaggart of Le Belvedere, a gorgeous holiday rental home in the lush […]

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Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Whenever I visit the small town of Buxy in France’s Côte Chalonnaise, you will likely find me at the tiny market held in the centre ville on Thursday mornings. Though there aren’t many stalls, every-thing on offer is absolutely delicious. I especially look forward to stopping by the stand selling honey and French gingerbread, or […]

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