Patricia Sands

Hotel Belles Rives Antibes southern France

Written by on November 20, 2017 in Provence-Alpes
Hotel Belles Rives Antibes southern France

The frivolous lyrics from Cole Porter’s Let’s Misbehave might very well have epitomized the mood on the Côte d’Azur when the song was published in 1927. “There’s something wild about you child, That’s so contagious. Let’s be outrageous, Let’s misbehave!!!” Not only was he penning the song, but quite possibly Porter was working through it while he hung […]

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Five reasons to love Arles in the south of France

Written by on November 10, 2017 in Provence-Alpes
Five reasons to love Arles in the south of France

Have you visited the intriguing town of Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône Departement? There’s so much waiting for you. This is merely un petit gout … a delicious wee taste! Roman monuments and ruins No wonder Arles is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site! Evidence of the importance of this area during Roman times is found […]

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Frank Gehry’s Starry Night in Arles

Written by on July 28, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Frank Gehry’s Starry Night in Arles

Let’s step back in time for a moment to consider the ancient town of Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of southern France. Established in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, in 123 BC the Romans developed Arelate into a vital port and economic centre which continued until the 5th century AD. When Arles is […]

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Les Véritables Macarons Of The Pays Basque

Written by on March 6, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Les Véritables Macarons Of The Pays Basque

A funny thing happened on the way to our regular sojourn on the Côte d’Azur last spring. We took a sharp detour west and for two delightful weeks we visited the Pays Basque, tucked in the southwest corner of France. I highly recommend that detour, if you have the opportunity. The elegant Atlantic seaside town […]

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Feed your chocolate fix in France

Written by on January 27, 2016 in Gastronomy
Feed your chocolate fix in France

Un Petit Goût for Chocophiles in France! I’m compelled to begin this post with a shout out to the movie Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, and …swoon … Johnny Depp. It was filmed in the medieval  village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Burgundy and on the Rue De l’Ancienne Poste in the charming commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the […]

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Enchanting Entrevaux Provence

Written by on August 11, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
Enchanting Entrevaux Provence

Discover intriguing, medieval Entrevaux, perched on a rocky spur at the meeting point of two valleys in the mountains north of Nice. Overlooking the Var river and protected by a 17th Century citadel sitting even higher above the village, this walled village guards a once highly strategic approach to the south. There’s even a drawbridge! […]

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Chateau de Pray Loire Valley

Written by on July 7, 2015 in Centre
Chateau de Pray Loire Valley

Chateau de Pray – An evocative taste of history in the Loire Valley Driving through the vineyards and orchards of the Loire Valley, gasps can’t be controlled at the sight of historic châteaux that one may only visit as a tourist. Then there are smaller, intriguing châteaux where one is welcomed to enjoy a unique […]

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Monday Antiques and Flea Market Cours Saleya Nice

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Markets, Provence-Alpes
Monday Antiques and Flea Market Cours Saleya Nice

It’s Monday in Nice! The food and flower vendors are taking a well-deserved day off. Another kind of magic, a fabulous flea market/marché aux puces, appears under the colorful, striped canopies of the stalls that fill the pulsating nerve-centre of the Vieille Ville. Steps away from the siren call of the sparkling Mediterranean, another kind […]

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Palais Lascaris Nice

Written by on January 28, 2015 in Photo gallery, Provence-Alpes
Palais Lascaris Nice

Located west of the Port of Nice, Vieux Nice is a jumble of picturesque narrow streets, sherbert-coloured buildings, cultural sites, shops, bars and restaurants; it is colourful, vibrant and atmospheric. The labyrinth of winding streets and pastiche of colourful buildings make the old part of Nice, called “Vieux Nice” an absolute pleasure for a stroll. In […]

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A tiny perfect tour of Provence

Written by on November 4, 2014 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France
A tiny perfect tour of Provence

When the Women’s Travel Network in Toronto asked author Patricia Sands if she would lead a tour through the towns and villages that the characters in her novel, ‘The Promise of Provence’, visited – she didn’t hesitate for a second to say yes… And so it was that last June I had the distinct privilege […]

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