Les Arènes – Nîmes' Roman Amphitheatre

Les Arènes - Nîmes' Amphitheatre

Nimes’ amphitheatre is still as sturdy as the day it was built: Built at the end of the first century AD, Nîmes’ amphitheatre, Les Arènes, was built from stone and designed mainly to cater for the battles of gladiators. Les Arènes may not be the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire but it is one […]

Maison Carrée – Nîmes' Magnificent Roman Temple

Maison Carrée, Nîmes

Maison Carrée is neither Square nor a House: Right in the center of Nîmes is a magnificent little Roman temple, believed to be one of the most famous and best-preserved temples of the Roman world. Its name Maison Carrée suggests a Square House, but this building is neither square nor a house. Maison Carrée is […]

Saint-Valentin – A Lovers' Village

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Saint-Valentin named after the Patron Saint of Lovers: Deep in the heart of Champagne Berrichonne, in the Indre department, is the little village of Saint-Valentin which happens to be the only village in France carrying the name of the Patron Saint of Lovers. With their village sharing the name of the Patron Saint of Lovers, […]

Christmas Festival in Aix-en-Provence

Olive varieties on sale

The town of Aix-en-Provence has an interesting Christmas festival. Each year in December, the Festival of New Oil takes place to celebrate the season’s new olive oil and fresh truffles.

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, […]

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 […]