Regions of France

Discover Vienne, Isere, Auvergne-Rhone Alpes

Written by on May 23, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
Discover Vienne, Isere, Auvergne-Rhone Alpes

The small city of Vienne iu the Isère department of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes sits on the banks of the River Rhône. It has a delightful mix of rich heritage and history, and fabulous wines as well as sublime culinary delights. It’s a city of Gauls, Romans and Christians along with a sprinkling of fine […]

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The magnificent Jazz in Vienne festival

Written by on May 23, 2018 in Music Events, Rhône Alpes
The magnificent Jazz in Vienne festival

There’s no denying that the French love a festival, their many and diverse street celebrations always seem to bring out the soul and essence of a city. And surprisingly, the sleepy and historic city of Vienne in the Isère department of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region in the south east of France, is no exception. […]

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Visit to the Roman Theatre at Orange Provence

Written by on May 22, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Visit to the Roman Theatre at Orange Provence

You can’t go to Orange in Provence and not see the UNESCO listed Roman Theatre. I think it might actually be against the law! It’s not a theatre like we might know it, somewhere with a dark interior with plush velvet seats. It’s an open-air theatre with a 37-metre high wall and a stage facing […]

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What to see and do in Bastide Saint-Louis Carcassonne

Written by on May 15, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon
What to see and do in Bastide Saint-Louis Carcassonne

Back in the middle ages, a new Carcassonne was created at the base of the hill of the ancient citadelle of Carcassonne. The town of lower Carcassone was built on the left bank of the river Aude and is called the Bastide Saint-Louis. Most visitors to Carcassonne miss it completely and what a shame that […]

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What to see and do in Carcassonne France

Written by on May 13, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon
What to see and do in Carcassonne France

Almost always the first place that all visitors head to when they go to Carcassonne is the old city. You can see it from miles around and it is a sight that’s memorable. A chateau perched on top of a hill surrounded by ramparts dotted with fairy tale pointy turrets that contain an entire medieval […]

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The long lost cheese of Auvergne: Le Mont de Courtesserre

Written by on May 12, 2018 in Auvergne
The long lost cheese of Auvergne: Le Mont de Courtesserre

Ten  years ago, in a small hotel, in a small town called Le Mont-Dore in the Auvergne I stopped for the night en-route to the Alps. After my long drive I just wanted a meal and then bed. The food was decent, the elderly waiter attentive. Clearing my plate he asked if I would like […]

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What to see and do in Grignan, Drome, Rhone Alpes

Written by on May 8, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
What to see and do in Grignan, Drome, Rhone Alpes

What a surprise Grignan is in southern Drôme in the south of the Rhône Alpes region. The 11th century, fortified village suddenly comes into view. Majestic and proud above the low lying lavender fields, looking decidedly regal in an area that oozes rustic charm. There are a couple of different roads into the footings of […]

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Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris

Written by on May 7, 2018 in French Icons, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris

Yves Saint Laurent was a genius – a visionary who became a legend at an early age. Today his name graces a variety of products from luxurious cosmetics to high-end handbags. Knowing a bit about his background will enhance your visit to this excellent new museum. Early Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent’s career began with […]

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The Antiques markets of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Provence

Written by on May 1, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
The Antiques markets of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Provence

I nibbled on a flaky golden croissant for breakfast on the terrace of the hotel where I watched a couple of local fishermen down “keep me awake for a week” espressos. Across the Basin, the clock on the wall of the restaurant read the same time as it did when I arrived, the same time […]

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Top things to see and do L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Provence

Written by on May 1, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Top things to see and do L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Provence

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence makes for a perfect holiday destination year-round thanks to its status as the antiques capital of France. Not to mention the fact that it is one of the prettiest towns you’ll ever meet. It’s a lovely sunny place, full of charming restaurants, bars and cafés and a buzzing atmosphere. Here are some […]

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