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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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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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