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 […]

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 […]

Normandy – A Historic and Gastronomic Destination

Caen Castle © Travel Signposts

Normandy – A Land of History, Beautiful Landscape and Rich Gastronomy: Situated in the northwest of France, Normandy (Normandie in French) is a region blessed with stunning coastlines, windswept beaches and lush pastoral land. The quintessential image of Normandy is of beautiful landscape, green pastures dotted with brown and white Norman cows, apple orchards, calvados, […]

Tour de France – Le Tour 2011

Tour de France 2011

Tour de France 2011 – From Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts to Paris Champs-Élysées: The 98th Tour de France starts from Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts on Saturday July 2nd and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 24th, 2011. This year’s race is made up of 21 stages covering a distance of 3,471 kilometres, 129 […]

Reims – A City of Coronations and Champagne

Reims Town Hall - Reims Tourism

Reims – a City of Art and History Champagne alone is enough to attract visitors to Reims. This city is home to distinguished champagne brand names like Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pommery, Mumm, Lanson, Martel, Ruinart, Canard-Duchêne and Piper-Heidsieck. The Champagne City With such a concentration of brand name champagnes, there can be no doubt that […]

Sarlat-la-Canéda – Capital of Périgord Noir

Three Geese in the Square

Classified “Ville d’art et d’Histoire”, Sarlat is An Artistic and Historic Town: Sarlat-la-Caneda is a town that surprises many people when they visit.  Apart from being the capital of the Périgord Noir, it has the highest concentration of Medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France. We walked into the old town […]

Tour de France – Le Tour 2010

Tour de France 2010 Route..

From Rotterdam to Paris Champs-Élysées: The 97th Tour de France will start from Rotterdam on Saturday July 3rd and finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday, July 25th, 2010. This year’s race will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages covering a distance of 3,600 kilometres. Race Stage Profiles 1 prologue 9 […]

Tour Routes in France

Chateau Chambourd in the Loire

Tour Routes in France Virtually all multi-country Europe tours pass through or originate in Paris, but few see much more of France. It is possible to do a pretty extensive tour of France but even so some fairly important areas will be missing or only covered briefly. Regional tours are popular and give you more […]

Travel to France

Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees

Travel to France for a Europe Tour with Joie de Vivre! There’s a lot more to France than Paris and Provence. Travel to France involves a journey into the whole French way of looking at the world, and life. Not for nothing do we use the french words “savoir-faire” and “joie de vivre”! France lies […]