Free Wi-Fi Access in Paris Parks, Gardens, Squares…

Paris Garden

Paris is now Connected – Free Wi-Fi hotspots in parks, gardens and other public places: The good news is that Paris has completed its roll-out of free Wi-Fi hotspots and parks, squares and other public places in all 20 arrondissements are now connected. Yes, you are no longer held ransom to the exorbitant charges that […]

Enjoy the Romance of Paris on a Seine Dinner Cruise

Seine Dinner Cruise

Paris, the city of Romance: An essential part of any holiday in Paris is a cruise on the Seine River. The number of river cruise operators and riverboats plying the Seine is evidence of the popularity of this tourist attraction. Cruising down the Seine River on a dinner cruise is a truly romantic and memorable […]

Arles, a bastion of Provencal tradition and culture

Arles magnificent Roman amphitheatre

Once dubbed The Little Rome in Gaul, Arles was a popular city with Van Gogh and others: When you arrive in Arles, it quickly becomes clear that Van Gogh lived here for a while, although sadly the town folks didn’t show him much appreciation at the time. Things are quite different today, of course. All […]

The Camargue, where cowboys still roam the land…

The Cowboys of the Camargue

France’s Wild Wild West: The Camargue is an interesting region in the South of France, very much like its own separate little country. As you cross into the region, the scenery takes on a huge change.  Instead of elegant French chateaux,  medieval villages or Roman ruins, you’ll see vast stretches of marshes and wetlands, pastures, […]

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 […]