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 […]

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

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 […]