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Vegetarian restaurants in Toulouse

Written by on July 8, 2019 in Midi-Pyrénées
Vegetarian restaurants in Toulouse

Our four-year-old daughter announced one teatime that she didn’t want to eat baby animals anymore as she looked sadly at a half-eaten lamb chop, it was the start of a journey for all of us.  She has been a committed vegetarian ever since, only once wavering over a bacon sandwich but ultimately the baby animals […]

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The Picasso Museum Antibes

Written by on June 3, 2019 in Provence-Alpes
The Picasso Museum Antibes

UK arts writer, Tony Cooper, looks in on the Picasso Museum in Antibes on the French Riviera. It’s an area that was loved by the iconic and controversial 20th-century artist… I’m a regular visitor to France and I’m off on yet another great adventure to what I class as my adopted country travelling to Antibes […]

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The Spa Route in France | Where the waters fleau…

Written by on June 2, 2019 in Auvergne
The Spa Route in France | Where the waters fleau…

If you follow the “Route des Villes d’Eaux” you’ll come across the town of Volvic, known for its water, sold all over the world. It’s just eleven kilometres from Clermont-Ferrand, home of “Michelin”, and the same distance from the “Puy de Dome”, one of the youngest volcanoes in the central Massif area of central France. […]

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A tasty tour of Paris

Written by on June 2, 2019 in Paris
A tasty tour of Paris

Travel writer Amy Mcpherson discovers where the locals go when it comes to eating out in Paris… “Don’t go for a restaurant that lists onion soup in its menu,” said Leo Goldstein of Eating Europe Tours when I asked him for his advice on how to choose a good place to eat in Paris. “Onion […]

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How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

Written by on May 26, 2019 in Desserts
How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

The origins of the little French cakes known as canelés remains a mystery, but one of the most plausible theories is that they were invented by the nuns of the L’Annonciade monastery in Sainte-Eulalie, in Bordeaux. When basking them, some people use a silicone mold. But I always recommend using traditional copper molds. Granted, copper […]

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What to see in Paris instead of Notre-Dame | Basilica Saint-Denis

Written by on May 6, 2019 in Paris
What to see in Paris instead of Notre-Dame | Basilica Saint-Denis

The devastating fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the soul of Paris, means it will be closed to the public for several years. So, what to see instead? Paris has a lot of beautiful, historic churches. Sainte Chapelle, a stone’s throw from Notre-Dame is even older. Sacré Coeur in Montmartre is extraordinarily pretty. And Basilica […]

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The Musee de Compagnonnage Tours, Loire Valley

Written by on April 29, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
The Musee de Compagnonnage Tours, Loire Valley

I stood on a balcony at the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. My eyes travelled over thousands of thin, black slate tiles that cascaded down spires in stark contrast to sculpted contours of ivory coloured stone. There were endless details that drew my eye from one piece of artistry to the next. I […]

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How to spend a weekend in Nantes, Pays de La Loire

Written by on April 16, 2019 in Pays de la Loire
How to spend a weekend in Nantes, Pays de La Loire

Situated in southwest France, in the department of Loire-Atlantique, region Pays de la Loire, Nantes was once the capital of Brittany. It was independent from France and home to one of the country’s largest ports. Although not directly accessed by the sea, the city’s strategic historic location on the confluence of the Loire and Erdre […]

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Picture perfect Provence in the spring

Written by on March 26, 2019 in Provence-Alpes
Picture perfect Provence in the spring

Provence is a land of tiny medieval villages, with buildings of warm, worn stone walls covered with abundant, beautiful blooms, especially in the spring. Guest photographer Renata Haidle shares her favourite photos of Provence and the south of France… Colours of Provence The bright, vivid colours of towns and villages contribute to a lively atmosphere […]

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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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