French Cheeses – Where They’re Produced

Various French cheeses

Gourmet French Cheeses you could easily get addicted to: Today, I was tried three French cheeses that were new to me.  I must say that they were absolutely delicious and confirms that the French are undoubtedly the greatest cheese makers in the world. The three that I tasted were: Pont-L’Evêque is a small square-shaped flavourful […]

Fromage de Chèvre – Goat Cheeses from the Loire Valley

Fromage Chevres

Fromage de Chèvre – a must try on your Loire Valley Holiday: The Loire Valley, with its fertile soil, has an abundance of orchards growing apples and pears.  Strawberries and asparagus also grow well here – asparagus, it seems, particularly love the sandy soil of the banks of the Loire. Fromage de Chèvre Another interesting […]

Château de Chenonceau – The King, the wife and the mistress!

Chenonceau - Loire chateau

Château de Chenonceau – The Ladies’ Castle: A tree-lined avenue marks the start of the grand entrance to Château de Chenonceau.  Imagine how grand it must have been when gold-gilded, horse-drawn carriages used to travel along this path, transporting its royal residents to and from the château. Today, us mere mortals had to make our […]

Limoges porcelain | Limoges travel

Limoges porcelain commissioned for Dali

Limoges is synonymous with Limoges porcelain: For many people Limoges is synonymous with Limoges porcelain and china.  When we travelled through the Limousin region, our visit to Le Pavillon de la Porcelaine of the Haviland Limoges showroom was exciting for many in our group as this was the opportunity to buy the real Limoges porcelain […]

Avignon Holiday – Provence

Palais des Papes, Avignon

Avignon’s Palais des Papes was the Residence of the Popes of Avignon: Our modern hotel stands outside the massive ramparts which enclose the amazing town of Avignon. The hotel was very much lacking in any style or character and we could have been anywhere else in the world but France. But once we walk through […]

St-Paul de Vence | Provence – France

St-Paul de Vence - The View

St-Paul de Vence, a painter’s destination: As we approached this picturesque fortified hilltop village of St-Paul de Vence, it’s easy to see why this landscape was a favourite subject for artists in the past. If, like me, you can’t paint to save your life, then the next best thing to do to try and capture […]

Monte Carlo | Monaco

Monaco - View of Port

From Grand Casino to Grand Prix to Tour de France: First it was the Grand Casino that brought the wealthy to Monte Carlo, then it was the Monaco Grand Prix, and now it is the Tour de France. The peddles off from one of the smallest countries in Europe, covering only 195 hectares of land. […]

Monet’s House and Garden – Giverny

Monet's Garden, Giverny

Standing in Monet’s Garden is like being in a Monet Print: Claude Monet, as many would know, is known to be the founder of Impressionism, a term which was coined from the title of his painting Impression Sunrise, “Soleil Levant”.  A visit to Monet’s home and garden will take you into the the picturesque world […]

Roubaix Designer Outlet

Direction to Roubaix Designer Outlet

Roubaix, a town of art, history and dedication to fashion: Roubaix Designer Outlet is another long established McArthurGlen designer discount outlet mall in France which opened its doors in 1999.  Situated in the heart of Roubaix, along an attractive pedestrianised walkway, Roubaix Designer Outlet is the highlight of the town’s redevelopment scheme with a metro […]

Troyes Designer Outlet

Direction to Troyes Designer Outlet

Troyes’ association with clothing dates back to 12th century Troyes Designer Outlet is the first of McArthurGlen’s discount outlet malls in France, having opened in 1995. It’s not surprising that McArthurGlen chose this city as the location for their designer outlet as Troyes’ association with textile manufacture and knitting go back to the 12th century.  […]