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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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Musée National Marc Chagall Nice

Written by on January 22, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
Musée National Marc Chagall Nice

Situated on the south east coast of the French Riviera, Nice is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated regions in the world. It’s the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur after Marseille. And it’s often referred to as the Queen of the French Riviera. Art and culture in Nice Artistic treasures are plentiful […]

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A walking holiday in the Dordogne Valley

Written by on January 3, 2020 in Aquitaine, Tours in France
A walking holiday in the Dordogne Valley

Perhaps all journeys through the Dordogne Valley should start with stuffing yourself with punnets of freshly picked strawberries. At least, that’s how I began my exploration of the Dordogne Valley’s beautiful villages… I had arrived in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne on the day of the town’s Fete de la Fraise, the strawberry festival that celebrates, well, strawberries. Straddling […]

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A taste of Collioure in the south of France

Written by on December 16, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A taste of Collioure in the south of France

On summer evenings, the swallows dip and swoop in nervous arcs as if anxious to protect, or preserve, the close of day in its melancholy stillness. A light hovers over Collioure, on the Vemillion Coast in the Pyrenees-Orientales. Caught in a pale brushstroke of watercolor blue, a wash which holds the houses together as they […]

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Unpredictable Paris

Written by on December 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Unpredictable Paris

Paris is an ancient, time-shifting, secret society. I made it to the ripe old age of 61 by creating plans and organizing my life around them. This should come as no surprise. The clearest memory I have of my father is him sitting at the breakfast table looking from my sister to my brother then […]

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Vin Chaud recipe from France

Written by on December 6, 2019 in Wine and Drinks
Vin Chaud recipe from France

The most sensational, lush, delectable French mulled wine, deep ruby red, spicy and deliciously warming, this recipe outranks all others… This vin chaud recipe takes a somewhat different approach to flavouring the wine compared to other recipes. Instead of simmering the wine with the mulling spices, leave it to steep for three days along with […]

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