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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Champagne and Burgundy recognized by UNESCO

Day tour in Champagne from Paris

The 39th assembly of UNESCO, held in Bonn Germany on July 4, saw five cultural sites accepted – two in Denmark, one in Turkey and two in France. Both French sites are recognized for their viticultural heritage; the hillsides, houses and cellars of Champagne around Reims and Epernay, and the 1,247 climats, or individual terroirs, of the Côte d’Or in Burgundy. Also recognized are the historic centres of the town of Beaune and the city of Dijon, both located in […]

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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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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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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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The Jewels of France

Côte d'Azur

You’ve no doubt heard of the Côte d’Azur but did you know that many of the resorts you’ll find along France’s lengthy coastline are named after precious and semi-precious stones? On the north-west coast, bordering the North Sea and the English Channel, you’ll find mother-of-pearl, opal, emerald, and alabaster. Jade and silver are down on the Atlantic side, and the ruby and amethyst coasts, along with the azure, are kissed by the warm Mediterranean waters.

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Driving in France: Priorité à Droite

driving in france

France, with its beautiful rolling hills, majestic mountains, golden coastline, and picturesque vineyards is a wonderful country in which to have a driving vacation. For visitors who are used to driving on the right, driving in France should not present any problems; however, you should be aware of ‘priorité à droite’, which means that basically, you should give way to traffic approaching from the right. The thing is that this is an archaic law, which has been around since before […]

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