Rhône Alpes

How to explore the Gorges of Ardeche

Written by on October 4, 2019 in Rhône Alpes, Uncategorized
How to explore the Gorges of Ardeche

The gorges of Ardeche in the far corner of the Rhône-Alpes region, south of France is one of the most popular places to go for the French. But visitors to France are hardly aware of its existence. Roads tend to be of the winding type and you really do need a car to see it […]

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Ardeche | Gorges, gorgeous villages and winding roads

Written by on October 3, 2019 in Rhône Alpes
Ardeche | Gorges, gorgeous villages and winding roads

The Ardèche with its winding roads and inspiring views is a surprisingly quiet corner of southern France. It’s at the very south of the Rhône-Alpes region, flirting with both northern Provence and the Languedoc. There’s a hint of the Garrigue (aromatic undergrowth) in the rugged landscape. And, you’re just a hair’s breadth from the lavender […]

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The Pont d’Arc and the Pont d’Arc Cavern, Ardeche

Written by on October 2, 2019 in Rhône Alpes
The Pont d’Arc and the Pont d’Arc Cavern, Ardeche

The Pont d’Arc is a 60m high and 34m wide. It’s a natural bridge carved out of the rock face of the gorge over the Ardèche River in Ardeche, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (formerly Rhone-Alpes). It’s a geological wonder and thousands of years of water and wind have eroded the stone into shaping this natural entrance to the […]

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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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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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The best kept skiing secret of the French Alps | Skiing in Arêches-Beaufort

Written by on December 5, 2018 in Rhône Alpes, Ski
The best kept skiing secret of the French Alps | Skiing in Arêches-Beaufort

Dropping “my last ski trip was a short break in Arêches-Beaufort” into any ski based conversation is a bit of a polarising moment. The enlightened will beam from ear to ear, talk about the charm of the village, the enviable quality – and quantity – of the snow. And, inevitably, the wonderful cheese cooperative in […]

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Culinary holiday with a Master Chef in France

Written by on October 24, 2018 in Rhône Alpes, Tours in France
Culinary holiday with a Master Chef in France

If you love food, and all things French – you’re going to fall head over heels for a very special event taking place in 2019 in France: Master Chef at the Maison. There’s nothing else quite like this unique week-long break in the gorgeous Haute-Pyrenees at the luxury mansion Le Belvedere, where you’ll spend 8 […]

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Glamour and gourmet welllness stay in France

Written by on October 24, 2018 in Rhône Alpes, Tours in France
Glamour and gourmet welllness stay in France

Experience authentic and beautiful France in the Haute-Pyrenees and enjoy a truly glamorous, gastronomic stay in a historic mansion with top Australian stylist Joh Bailey. This is a vacation where you’ll be well and truly pampered with spa sessions, sensational wines and gastronomy, and re-energise and recharge your batteries in one of the most beautiful […]

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Lourdes | The French Capital of Miracles…

Written by on October 24, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
Lourdes | The French Capital of Miracles…

Lourdes in the Hautes-Pyrenees is one of the most popular places to visit in France. Only Paris has more hotels. Visitors come from around the world to see the site where a miracle took place. A day at Lourdes The giant candles kept on arriving. The wheelchairs stacked up along the banks of the Gave […]

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The fascinating tale of Chartreuse liqueur

Written by on September 27, 2018 in Rhône Alpes, Wine and Drinks
The fascinating tale of Chartreuse liqueur

Legend has it (and who doesn’t love a good legend) that the only people who know the recipe and ingredients for the famous Chartreuse liqueur are two monks tucked away in a monastery in Voiron, not far from Grenoble. The 400 year old history of Chartreuse liqueur The liqueur (also known as the “Elixir of […]

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