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

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 […]

Annecy – The Little Venice of France

Palais de l’Isle, Little Venice, Annecy, Haute-Savoie

Annecy a Little Venice: Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie region, is a beautiful and popular resort town on the northern end of the Lac d’Annecy. Take a stroll around the old town and you’ll quickly see why this town has earned itself the tag of Little Venice. Little Venice A network of canals criss-crossing the town […]

Discovering Dijon on the Owl’s Trail

Dijon Owl's Trail

Discover Dijon by following the Owl’s Trail: Dijon is famous for Dijon mustard, however the capital of the province of Burgundy has lots more to offer than just this condiment. From the early 11th century AD until the late 1400s, the province was home to the Dukes of Burgundy .   Burgundy was a place of […]