Regions of France

Indulge your passion for fabulous food in northern France

Written by on January 15, 2019 in Gastronomy, Nord-Pas de Calais
Indulge your passion for fabulous food in northern France

In 2010, UNESCO awarded French cuisine ‘World intangible heritage status’, reflecting the importance of great food in France. A nip across, or under, the English Channel to northern France reveals a wealth of gastronomic delights. From lush produce at street markets, to tasty treats at the supermarket, cheese shops, wine shops and boulangeries that smell so […]

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A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

Written by on January 11, 2019 in Art and Artists, Nord-Pas de Calais
A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

In 2015 I went to the Lille for the opening parade of Lille3000. I had no idea what to expect. I’d heard from friends that it was a quirky and incredible art “event” but nothing prepared me for the reality. Held every few years, Lille3000 is a huge event with what seems like a strange […]

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Five reasons to visit Normandy in 2019

Written by on January 9, 2019 in Normandy
Five reasons to visit Normandy in 2019

With so much going on in Normandy in 2019, it really is THE place to visit in France… 1)  75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy All eyes will be on Normandy this year, as Thursday 6 June marks the 75th anniversary of the D‑Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. The D-Day […]

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Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

When I was a little girl, I had an idea of what a fairy tale castle would like. It would have towers and turrets and pointy bits. My dream chateau would have grand doors and huge rooms for dancing and partying. It would be filled with flowers. And it would have the most beautiful gardens […]

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Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Aquitaine, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

A short ride from Sarlat, in the gorgeous countryside of Dordogne, you’ll find the Chateau and gardens of Milandes. It’s the former home of Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer of the early 20th century… History of Chateau des Milandes There was a fort on the site for hundreds of years in the village of Les Milandes. […]

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Valence Provence the gateway to the south of France

Written by on January 3, 2019 in Rhône Alpes
Valence Provence the gateway to the south of France

Valence is in the department of Drome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (formerly Rhone-Alpes). Just an hour south of Lyon, Valence is a beautiful and surprising city. It’s known as the gateway to the south of France. From Paris, you can be there in a couple of hours on the TGV which steams its way through and on south […]

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Truffle hunting in Dordogne

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Aquitaine, Gastronomy
Truffle hunting in Dordogne

Truffles are one of those foods that you either love or hate. They’re not a take it or leave it type of thing – they’re too pungent for that. In Dordogne, everyone loves them, they’re one of the region’s prized treasures… What are truffles? Truffles are a form of mushroom, an edible fungus that some […]

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Sarlat Truffle Festival

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Aquitaine, Gastronomy
Sarlat Truffle Festival

Every January a special event takes place in Sarlat, Dordogne – the famous truffle festival. The aromatic fungi take centre stage in this lovely, medieval town. Fabulous fungi If you’re a fan of these little smelly fungi, then you’ll love Dordogne in the winter. There are plenty of the “black diamonds” on offer at the […]

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What to see and do in Amboise, Loire Valley

Written by on January 1, 2019 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
What to see and do in Amboise, Loire Valley

Amboise has wow factor by the bucket load. It’s not just the fact that there is a magnificent castle with centuries of history witnessed within it’s walls. It’s not just that the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci lived his last years here. Or that his home is still there and he is buried in a chapel […]

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What to see and do in Epernay Champagne

Written by on December 28, 2018 in Champagne-Ardenne
What to see and do in Epernay Champagne

Epernay is around 1.5 hours from Paris by train, and 30 minutes from Reims. With its UNESCO listed Avenue du Champagne and inclusion on the “100 most remarkable sites of taste in France” – you’re in for a treat if you visit. The railway line from Paris reached Epernay in 1849 and trade in Champagne […]

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