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 tour peddles off from one of the smallest countries in Europe, covering only 195 hectares of […]

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.  […]

Paris Designer Outlet – La Vallée Village

La Vallée Shopping Village

A Visit to La Vallée allows you look for designer fashion at discounted price: Parisiennes are very stylish dressers and are well known for their flair in putting pieces of clothing and accessories together to create a look! Yes, French women always have the Look and when you come shopping in Paris, you are indeed […]

Food in Northern France

Quiche lorraine

Food in Northern France: a brief gastronomical tour! Le Nord; Picardy; Champagne; Alsace and Lorraine Dunkerque; Calais; Boulogne; Le Touquet; Lille; Arras; Amiens; Beauvais; Chantilly; Compiegne; Epernay; Reims; Chalons-en-Champagne; Troyes; Nancy; Strasbourg; Verdun; Colmar; Riquewihr. Food in Northern France is both hearty and full of solid flavours – eating and drinking to satisfy the hungriest […]

Food in Southwest France

Perigord black truffles make a great omolette!

Food in Southwest France: a brief gastronomical tour! Poitou and Aquitaine; Perigord, Quercy and Gascony; the Pyrenees. Bordeaux; Toulouse; Poitiers; La Rochelle; Rochefort; Cognac; St Emilion; Pauillac; Perigueux; Sarlat; Lascaux II; Bergerac; Rocamadour; Cahors; Condom; Moissac; Albi; Biarritz; Lourdes; Bayonne; Pau. Food in Southwest France sometimes appears to be the poorer cousin of grape-juice. Yes, […]

Food in Central France

Escargots de Bourgogne, with garlic and butter

Food in Central France: a brief gastronomical tour! Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, the Jura and the Massif Centrale. Dijon; Nuit st Georges; Beaune; Cluny; Chablis; Santenay; Auxerre; Fontenay; Vezelay; Nevers; Autun; Macon; Arbois; Besancon; Ornans; Ronchamp; Limoges; Aubusson; Moulins; Vichy; Clermont-Ferrand; Le Puy-en-Velay; Conques; Lyon; Bourg-en-Bresse; Perouges; Montelimar; Grenoble; Chambery; Aix-les-Bains; Annecy; Evian-les-Bains; Lac […]