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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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Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Taking hardly any time at all to prepare these sweet, crunchy meringues filled with chestnut cream and covered in hot chocolate sauce are a dreamy dessert! Serves 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes 1.5 cups (200g) thick crème fraiche 1 heaped tablespoon mascarpone 2 teaspoons sweet chestnut purée (crème de marrons) 50z (150g) bittersweet chocolate 5 […]

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Recipe for Apple and Blackberry Clafoutis

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for Apple and Blackberry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is one of the most versatile French desserts and finds its origins in the Limousin, a lush, green region situated in the heart of the Massif Central. If you’ve never made or tasted clafoutis before, think of it as a ‘custardy’ type of cake. It doesn’t call for that much flour, so there isn’t […]

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Bastide | Off the beaten track in Bordeaux

Written by on January 17, 2019 in Aquitaine
Bastide | Off the beaten track in Bordeaux

Most visitors to Bordeaux keep to the left bank where historic Bordeaux is located, but head to the right bank for a different vibe and more fun! Rive Droite Bordeaux | Right Bank Bastide, or “rive droite” was until recently a sleepy neighbourhood on the opposite side of the centre of Bordeaux, across the Garonne […]

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What You Should Do if You Get Sick in France

Written by on January 16, 2019 in Healthcare For Visitors
What You Should Do if You Get Sick in France

France is the world’s top destination for tourists as well as a major destination for foreign students, workers, and expatriates from all over the world. An unfortunate but significant number of these visitors may get sick at some point in their stay. As any long-term resident of France will tell you, the French have an […]

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How to do coffee, the Parisian way

Written by on January 9, 2019 in Gastronomy
How to do coffee, the Parisian way

At some point in history, it just became a fact that everything is more stylish in Paris. Of course, lot of other cities have their own version of “cool”, but there seems to a be a special way in which the Parisians do things that make everything seem so effortless and so… chic. Coffee is […]

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How to make Poulet Roti | roast chicken French style

Written by on December 28, 2018 in Main Courses
How to make Poulet Roti | roast chicken French style

One of the favourite “fast food” options in France is the rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes that you can find in any neighborhood market. You can usually just follow your nose to find the chicken seller. Back home, it’s sometimes hard to recreate the flavour of both the chicken and the potatoes… The trick is […]

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Guide to City of Bordeaux | Bacalan district

Written by on December 27, 2018 in Aquitaine
Guide to City of Bordeaux | Bacalan district

Bacalan – raw Bordeaux Leave the classic picturesque center of Bordeaux behind for a change in atmosphere that’s well worth a visit. Bacalan, the northern part of the city, is built around the port and has a grungy look to it. Until recently this district wasn’t the most interesting and largely avoided by both tourists […]

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Avignon, a major historic city of the south of France

Written by on December 27, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Avignon, a major historic city of the south of France

 The city of Avignon played an important role in the 14th century. Though nowadays, it’s mostly known for its bridge, the Pont d’Avignon, the city was once a residence for pontiffs who made their home at the Palace of the Popes. Besides its historic significance, Avignon has much to offer. Reasons to fall in love […]

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