Rhône Alpes

A gem of a village | Yvoire Haute-Savoie

Written by on January 12, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
A gem of a village | Yvoire Haute-Savoie

When it comes to beautiful villages, France has more than its fair share. Despite visiting so many of them over the years, I’m still frequently blown away by the charm and beauty that these French villages possess. One such village is Yvoire in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. Is Yvoire France’s most beautiful village? A member of […]

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The wonders of Mirmande Drome Provence

Written by on December 15, 2017 in Rhône Alpes
The wonders of Mirmande Drome Provence

Mirmande in the region of Drome, Provence, is one of those French fairy tale villages. Perched on a hill top between Montélimar and Valence, it’s both medieval and fortified and winds its way up the hill to the Roman style church of Sainte Foy at the top. It’s one of the Plus Beaux Villages de […]

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Fabulous Flaine in the French Alps is great for skiers at all levels

Written by on November 22, 2017 in Rhône Alpes, Ski
Fabulous Flaine in the French Alps is great for skiers at all levels

It’s in the impressive shadow of the snow-capped Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the beautiful, French Alps, that you’ll find the ski resort of Flaine. Located in the Haute Savoie region, and part of the Grand Massif ski-ing area, Flaine has earned itself the nickname of “big snowy bowl”, as it boasts one of […]

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Meeting the makers of Legendary Reblochon cheese in Haute Savoie

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Gastronomy, Rhône Alpes
Meeting the makers of Legendary Reblochon cheese in Haute Savoie

“This is a little corner of Paradise” says the old lady throwing her arms wide and indicating at the window of her farmhouse in the mountains of Haute Savoie, not far from Annecy. We are sitting in her kitchen on a July afternoon and it is unseasonably cloudy – a rarity for this month she […]

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3 cities perfect for Autumn visits in France

Written by on October 4, 2017 in Aquitaine, Holidays & Things to do, Paris, Rhône Alpes
3 cities perfect for Autumn visits in France

Paris in Autumn Hot chocolate in cafés that have a warm glow at dusk, golden leaves floating gently down on wide avenues and rosy sunsets. Rainy days when museums beckon, steaming hot coffee and croissants and walking on frosty cobble stones. And don’t forget Nuit Blanche, the big event of the season held every first […]

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Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Learn French, Rhône Alpes, Ski
Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

A week in Morzine – it’s not all about the snow The Portes du Soleil area is one of the largest ski areas in the world. It includes 13 resorts (both Swiss and French) and roughly 650 km of marked ski and snowboard runs. There are 14 valleys and nearly all of the runs are […]

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The replica of the Cave du Pont d’Arc Ardeche

Written by on August 8, 2017 in Rhône Alpes
The replica of the Cave du Pont d’Arc Ardeche

Imagine that you are a speleogist (one who studies caves) and you are in an area known for its many caves – in this case above the Ardeche Gorge. You climb the limestone cliffs, doing a little exploring, when suddenly, unexpectedly, you feel a waft of cool air coming from a small opening. You squirm […]

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The famous thermal baths of Saint Gervais Haute Savoie

Written by on July 30, 2017 in Rhône Alpes
The famous thermal baths of Saint Gervais Haute Savoie

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It’s only a short distance from Italy, Switzerland and Mont Blanc and as ski resorts go, it’s relatively quiet. The village of Saint Gervais has been a popular ski destination for decades. However, it’s still a pretty village which has kept some […]

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The Aiguille du Midi Chamonix

Written by on July 7, 2017 in Quirky Stuff, Rhône Alpes
The Aiguille du Midi Chamonix

The Aiguille du Midi is a 3842m mountain peak in the Mont Blanc Massif and if you want to get up close and personal to Mont Blanc and have a glimpse of the heavens, this is the place. To get there you have to get the cable car from Chamonix which will mean about a […]

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The famous nougat of Montelimar France

Written by on June 21, 2017 in Desserts, Gastronomy, Rhône Alpes
The famous nougat of Montelimar France

A sticky encounter in Montélimar Montélimar. It’s a name that just rolls off the tongue with a rhythm of its own and it happens to be home to a sweet little secret. You’ll find the town about half an hour south of Valence in the Drôme, part of the Rhônes Alpes region, well on the […]

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