Fairytale French Chateaux

Paris offers all the attractions of a modern metropolis, but it can also be an enchanting experience for a traveler weary of the city’s hustle and bustle to explore the majestic French countryside. A drive or railway trip through the country will allow you to experience all that France has to offer, and historic castles are some of the most popular attractions outside the capital. With dozens of these medieval structures still standing, a vacation in France can also be […]

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An Introduction To Languedoc-Roussillon

carcassonne - Languedoc-Roussillon

The five départements of Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France (Aude, Gard, Hérault, Lozère, and Pyrénées-Orientales) are made up of a rich mixture of landscapes, cultures, and peoples. From miles of golden beaches to vast vineyards and olive groves, and from limestone hills to forested mountains, the Languedoc-Roussillon département is perhaps one of France’s most geographically diverse regions, covering an area of some ten and a half thousand square miles. To the north of the region, Gévaudan, a dry plateau, […]

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Dijon Then And Now

Free French Forces arrive in Dijon

Last year, archeology student, Pierre Mazille, found some vintage photos of what his hometown of Dijon looked like during WWII, and decided to update them, 21st century-style. We love the difference that seven decades has made. Here are Pierre’s photos, along with his accompanying comments; German troops gather in front of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy on June 17th, 1940. Today the Palace is still the town hall, and a major tourist spot. Luftwaffe headquarters. Now a simple […]

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Goût de France – Defending French Cuisine

Goût de France

Taking August Escoffier’s 1912 foodie event, Les Dîners d’Épicure, one step further, this evening sees Goût de France hosting a lavish global dinner party, catered by more than a thousand French chefs, with dinner being served simultaneously across five continents. Why? To show the world why our cuisine is still top dog, and is listed in UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ category. Since seven percent of France’s GDP comes from tourism, it’s vitally – and economically – important for us […]

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The 45th Parallel North

45th parallel north in France

According to some, the 45th parallel north, the theoretical latitudinal point which is halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, is France’s dividing line between the Occitan-speaking people of the south and the Oïl people in the north. For those interested in France’s culinary traditions, this invisible line also marks the divide between the butter and oil cuisines of the north and south, respectively. In a broader context, the 45th parallel also marks the dividing line between northern and […]

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Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges

Although not as well-known as its world-famous November counterpart, last weekend, Burgundy’s wine capital, the town of Beaune, held its annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges wine auction of over 100 barrels of local and premier cuvées in order to raise money for its 132-bed hospice. Now in its 54th year, the charity event, which attracts oenophiles from around the world, kicked off with its usual half-marathon race, followed by two days of wine tasting by industry professionals and the public. Sunday afternoon […]

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Those Slender French!

Those Slender French

Which EU country has the lowest incidence of male obesity? Yes, it’s France… of course! French women have the second lowest obesity rate in the European Union, beaten only by Denmark. In addition, our healthy lifestyle contributes to our longevity; French women have the highest life expectancy in the EU, with our men having the third.

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Nice Wines

vins du bellet

By that I mean, wines from Nice. “But wine doesn’t come from Nice!” I hear you exclaim, “It comes from Champagne, and Bordeaux, and…” Mais oui, this is true… but it also comes from Nice. The only AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) within city limits, Bellet is not only one of the smallest in the country but also one of the oldest (since 1941). Granted, when mention is made of this coastal area between Cannes and Monaco, vineyards are not what […]

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Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat

Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat

Sandwiched between Monaco and Nice is Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, which, according to a 2008 study by Citi Private Bank, and Knight Frank, is the most expensive peninsular in the world, and almost the most expensive place to buy property – beaten only by Monaco and London. Real estate prices in Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat are roughly three times as high as in Paris, and double those of Tokyo.

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Le Chocolat Chaud – The Drink Of Kings

chocolat-chaud-a-versailles

Spring may have sprung but the chilly days and nights are far from banished, so what better way of keeping the cool weather at bay, than a deliciously velvety mug of thick hot chocolate? In the early seventeenth century, we French, being the sophisticated types that we are(!), began to drink an ‘exotic West Indian drink which cures and preserves the body of many diseases’ (according to some early marketing materials). We believed it would cure almost any ailment you […]

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