There’s more to Bordeaux than Bordeaux


When I think of Bordeaux, an image of tasty grapes come to mind. This is the place of esteemed vineyards, premier crus and coveted domaines such as Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Margaux. On a recent visit I discovered that there’s more to Bordeaux than Bordeaux. In addition to wine tours, you’ll find gastronomic cuisine, medieval castles, chateaux and villages, mystical sites, prehistoric cave art and fantastical palace retreats where you can spa, eat soufflés and lose weight… […]

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France Lost Track of 23,000 State-Owned Artworks and Historic Objects


Nearly 23,000 works of state-owned art are missing in France and its overseas territories, lost over time from museums, town halls, and major institutions largely due to poor documentation and even theft. The number arrives from French daily Libération, which recently looked into the Sherlock database launched in 2014 by the Commission de Récolement des Ouvres d’Art de l’Etat (CRDOA), a government commission charged with cataloguing the inventories of national cultural centers. Via  

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Vallee d’Auge in Normandy: Where to Stay and Eat


  Your Dream Trip to France is Waiting in Seaside Normandy Parisian tastemakers are reinvigorating an old-fashioned corner of Normandy, adding modern flourishes to a rural French idyll. Christophe Delaune, the effervescent creator of Le Domaine d’Ablon, a group of new luxury demeures, or residences, in Normandy’s Pays d’Auge. This undulating region, traditionally associated with cider, Calvados, and Camembert, is home to the well-heeled seaside town of Deauville—to which Parisians have had easy access since the capital’s Gare St.-Lazare opened […]

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France’s new cocktail: Rosé Pamplemousse


Rosé Pamplemousse is a homemade regional cocktail -much like some French version of a Sangria- is taking France by storm. It’s easy to make at home and handful of grapefruit-flavored rosé wines have already become available in the U.S.—Meadowsweet Rosé, a brand commercialized by French wine giant Nicolas in 2011; Ruby Red Rosé with Grapefruit, released in 2015; and ABV Fine Wine & Spirits’ Pulse, flavored with both grapefruit and peach, also in 2015. But all of those wines are made with “natural […]

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Nimes’ Great Roman Games 2016 edition is this weekend


Give 2 big thumbs up for Nimes’‘Great Roman Games’ invite young and old alike to experience the Roman era during a spring weekend in Nimes Check out the historic reconstruction and the unique show with 500 participants from around Europe, workshops for children and image projections.  

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A weekend in Lille


It’s around this time of year that readers with trips planned to Paris start wondering where they can spend a day or two outside of the city without traveling too far. The most common destinations range from Versailles and Chantilly to Reims or Honfleur but most overlook a major city to the north with quaint pedestrian streets, beer halls and a storied history worth learning about. I’m speaking about Lille, Belgium’s next-door-neighbor with unmistakable Flemish roots. Today, the city is […]

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The 5 best French vineyard hotels


The newest addition to France’s vineyard hotels is the Château Pierre de Serjac a sensitively restored wine-producing estate set in the vine-draped landscape of the Hérault, in the Languedoc. Opened in March, its focal point is a romantic 19th-century chateau that was owned for generations by the aristocratic de Crozals family. There are eight guestrooms in the main building, with a further 36 self-catering properties among the estate’s outbuildings, ranging from two-bedroomed apartments to four-bedroomed villas – some with their […]

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French Polynesia is paradise


French Polynesia, or Tahiti as it is also called, is about 17 degrees south of the Equator, half way between California and Australia, in the same time zone as Hawaii and on the same side of the International Dateline as North America. It is comprised of many small islands and atolls stretching over thousands of miles and belongs to France. Bora Bora caters to the rich and famous while Huahine, might be recognized by Captain Cook if he came back […]

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Pipe dreams: on the trail of Maigret’s Paris


Simenon published his 75 Maigret novels and 28 Maigret short stories between 1931 and 1972; last month ITV broadcast the first of two made-for-TV Maigret movies starring Rowan Atkinson as the chief inspector. And so The Guardian set off to do a little detective work, to discover whether Maigret’s Paris, full of squalid, storied hotels with communal bathrooms, apartment buildings with nosy concierges and, most importantly, characterful regional bistros and hyper-provincial bars, could still be found. Tom Downey made a […]

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Provence: where to stay, eat and drink


The scented slopes of southeastern France hold a special allure in spring, when the boundless blue skies, wildflower meadows and picturesque villages form the perfect antidote to the long London winter. There are few more idyllic destinations than the chic hilltop retreat of Crillon-le-Brave — and with three weekly Eurostars direct from St Pancras International to nearby Avignon and Marseille, it’s never been so easy to get a taste of la vie en rose. Or rather, la vie en rosé […]

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