Keith van Sickle

Roman Provence

Written by on March 20, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
Roman Provence

Provence is famous for its charming hilltop villages, brilliant sunflowers, and fragrant lavender. It is also where you can find some of the best Roman ruins in all of Europe. This is because Provence was once an important part of the Roman Empire. The Romans even gave it its name: “Provence” comes from the original […]

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France Bans UFOs!

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Guest Blogs
France Bans UFOs!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in Provence, in the south of France, is famous for its wines. The town’s name means “the pope’s new château” because many centuries ago a summer papal palace was built here. The main Palace of the Popes was in nearby Avignon. Popes need good wine to drink, so vines were planted, barrels were crafted, […]

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Most Expensive Potato in the World is French!

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Gastronomy
Most Expensive Potato in the World is French!

If someone asked you to name the most expensive foods in the world, you might come up with caviar and truffles and that sort of thing. But you probably wouldn’t think of potatoes. And yet there is a type of French potato that is so rare and delicious that it sometimes fetches a whopping $300 […]

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5 beautiful hilltop villages in Provence

Written by on January 15, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
5 beautiful hilltop villages in Provence

Provence is famous for its hilltop towns, known in French as villages perchés. These lovely villages, with their winding, narrow streets, were situated as high as possible, to provide protection against brigands and foreign invaders back in the old days. Today we can enjoy their charm and their fabulous views, while the only invaders are […]

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Wines of the Rhône Valley

Written by on October 31, 2019 in Wine and Drinks
Wines of the Rhône Valley

If someone asked, “What are the wines of Popes and Presidents?” what would you say? You might guess Bordeaux or Burgundy or maybe even Champagne. But the right answer is the wines of the Rhône Valley. The mighty Rhône River bursts forth from Lake Geneva in Switzerland and flows 500 miles south to the Mediterranean […]

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Guide to gluten free France

Written by on September 2, 2019 in Gastronomy
Guide to gluten free France

France might have the best bread in the world – baguettes, croissants, brioches, and much more. And don’t forget the pastries! Is there anything better than a rich French éclair? But what if you can’t eat any of it? An estimated 7% of the population has a gluten intolerance of one sort or another. Can […]

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What to see and do in Beaujolais Burgundy

Written by on August 1, 2019 in Burgundy
What to see and do in Beaujolais Burgundy

France is full of gorgeous wine regions. From Alsace and its fairy tale villages to Cassis and its vineyards that nearly touch the Mediterranean Sea. And then there’s Beaujolais. Its vine-covered hillsides are as pretty as any in France. You’ll find it in the south of Burgundy, a region that’s world famous for its wines. […]

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What did the Pont d’Avignon originally look like?

Written by on June 16, 2019 in Guest Blogs
What did the Pont d’Avignon originally look like?

Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse, l’on y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse tous en rond Many of us learned that song as kids, about the famous Pont d’Avignon in Provence (real name: Pont Saint-Bénézet). For those of us lucky enough to visit Avignon and see the bridge in all its […]

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What do see and do in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in Provence

Written by on April 15, 2019 in Provence-Alpes
What do see and do in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in Provence

One of the charms of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is the river that runs around and through it. This river, the Sorgue, is a favorite of tourists and fishermen alike, with its crystal-clear waters sparkling in the sun. The source of the river lies just five miles east of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in one of the most beautiful spots in […]

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Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

Written by on March 18, 2019 in Art and Artists
Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

 What do an abandoned quarry and an old iron foundry have in common? They both house magical sound-and-light shows that must be seen to be believed. The Carrières de Lumières (“Quarries of Light”) has been operating for decades near the mountaintop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence, and is one of the most popular tourist sites in […]

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