Rhône Alpes

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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Samoens market | one of the best markets in the French Alps

Written by on July 29, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
Samoens market | one of the best markets in the French Alps

Every Wednesday throughout the year come rain, snow or shine, Samoëns hosts one of the busiest traditional markets throughout the Savoyard region. The marvelous market of Samoëns There is a buzz around the village from early morning as the stall holders get ready to show their wares from 8.00 am till noon. It’s a great […]

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What to see and do in Grenoble Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

Written by on May 29, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
What to see and do in Grenoble Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

On the one hand, Grenoble is cosmopolitan and vibrant, with a modern twist and a long association with being the gateway to the Alpes and winter sports. On the other, it’s historic, traditional and refined with a rich cultural heritage and a strong affiliation with the arts. The great joy is that you can dip […]

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Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, Haute Savoie, France | A hidden gem

Written by on May 25, 2018 in Rhône Alpes
Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, Haute Savoie, France | A hidden gem

In spring and summer in Samoens in the French Alps, the snow melts, the whole valley turns green and the meadows come to life.  Although, we all love the winter season, the spring and summer months mean it’s time to get out the walking boots, bikes, climbing gear, rafts and relish the warm weather. Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval […]

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