Beaune – Capital of Burgundy Wines

Hospice de Beaune

The Varnished-Tile Roofs of Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu is the Symbol of Burgundy Abroad: Unlike Chablis and Dijon, Beaune is not a town that bears the name of a famous wine or a Burgundian product. The varnished-tile roofs of the Hospices de Beaune is the most recognisable symbol of Burgundy abroad, but that Beaune is the Capital […]

Cycling Holidays in France: Burgundy by Bike

Cycling holidays in France © Atout France / Michel Laurent

With 580 Kms of Cycle Routes, Seeing Burgundy by Bike is a Travel Option: Very few travellers can do Le Tour de France, but Le Tour de Bourgogne is a real possibility. With its 580 kms of ‘voies vertes’ (tracks reserved strictly for non-motorised traffic) and ‘véloroutes’ (long-distance cycling trails), Burgundy is a haven for […]

See Burgundy Vineyards on the Grands Crus Wine Route

Côte d'Or Wine Route

The Grands Crus Wine Route is the ‘Champs-Elysées’ of the Burgundy Wine Route: Burgundy is one of France’s main wine producing areas and its vineyards, stretching some 250 kms from north to south, are the source of some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Naturally many visitors come to Burgundy in search of […]

A Personal Concierge with your France Rail Pass

France by train

France Rail Pass Premium Offers a Concierge Service that Matches a Grand Hotel: At most hotels, you have to show up at the place before you can begin to seek assistance from their concierge service, if it exists at all.  This is not so with the new Personal Concierge service that France Rail is introducing […]

Avignon, The Chiming Town

Palais des Papes, Avignon

Travel to Avignon – Things to See and Do in Avignon: Avignon’s origins can be traced to Neolithic times when the Rocher des Doms, then just a rocky outcrop high above the Rhône river, provided shelter for a Neolithic settlement. Since ancient times, Avignon’s strategic location on the Rhône has made it an attractive target […]

Tours and Sightseeing – From Avignon and Beyond

Provence countryside

Provence Sightseeing Tours from Avignon: The town of Avignon has plenty to keep visitors occupied during their visit, however, if you are spending a few days here, don’t miss Avignon’s beautiful and diverse countryside and the neighbouring towns and villages. Avignon sits at the cross roads of Provence and Languedoc and within a short time, […]

When All of Avignon is a Stage…

A Performance in the Palais des Papes square

The Festival d’Avignon and Off Festival are the Biggest Arts Festival Events in Vaucluse: For theatre-lovers, July is the prime time to visit Avignon when for three full weeks the whole of Avignon becomes a stage for the Festival d’Avignon and the Off Festival. Festival d’Avignon The Avignon Festival is the biggest cultural event in […]

Église St Pierre – Avignon’s Flamboyant Church of St-Pierre

Eglise St Pierre, Avignon

Church of St-Pierre – One of the Most Beautiful Avignon Churches: With the Avignon papacy in the 14th century and seven Sovereign pontiffs having resided in Avignon, it is not surprising that this town has many cathedrals, churches and chapels. Although not a major church, one of the Avignon churches that stand out is the […]

Pont d’Avignon and a Shepherd’s Divine Mission

Pont d'Avignon - Pont St-Bénézet

Pont d’Avignon or Pont St-Bénézet is Made Famous by a French Children’s Song: Near the Palace of the Popes stands the remains of Pont St-Bénézet, better known as Pont d’Avignon. This 12th century Avignon bridge is famous the world over through a much-loved French children’s song ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’.  However, the bridge construction itself […]