The department of Mayenne is in the Pays de la Loire and its capital is Laval. It’s the sort of town where you immediately feel you can relax and chill out. There are excellent restaurants serving fabulous local produce, one of the best markets in France, chateaux galore and incredible art museums. It’s a laid-back […]
Bonjour! Hope you had a good week. Bonne Fête Nationale! Happy 14 July! It’s a national holiday in France, us English speakers call it Bastille Day but in France it’s called La Fete Nationale and they say “joyeux quartorze Juillet”. It’s a day for celebration, fireworks, parades, flea markets and of course food – long lunches […]
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Chateau Vault de Lugny, Yonne Burgundy | A hotel fit for royalty Channel your inner King and Queen at this stunning moated chateau hotel – you can even book the room once reserved for kings. Built between the 13th and 17th centuries the chateau Vault de Lugny oozes charm and history. A roaring open fire […]
You just can’t help but fall in love with Sarlat in Dordogne. The medieval buildings, fabulous market and gourmet food shops are so enticing. The cobbled streets lure you on to discover winding alleyways, steep stairways and their treasures. It’s a town where restaurants serve the most delicious of local dishes with pride and flair. […]
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Saint Omer in Nord, Hauts de France is a quintessentially French market town. It has a long and illustrious history. Thomas a Becket AKA Saint Thomas Becket took refuge from Henry II of England in there in 1165. Centuries later, three of America’s Founding Fathers, Daniel, Charles and John Carroll, studied at the Jesuit Chapel. […]
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Several years ago, on my way south from Dunkirk in northern France, I stopped off at Eperlecques, a small town you access off the main autoroute. A sign for the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques was intriguing enough to lure me from my travel plans. What I discovered, in an area of beautiful countryside where the sound of […]
Bonjour! Hope you had a good week. I don’t know about you, but I am not a massive football fan (I’m more a rugby kind of girl). It seems that I am a bit of a rarity, certainly in my little village in the middle of nowhere rural France. Last Saturday the other half disappeared […]
They’re the iconic car of France, quirky and with bundles of character – the 2CV, which stands for 2 deux chevaux (2 horse power), never seems to lose its popularity. Over the years it has picked up a few nicknames including the “umbrella on wheels”, the “ugly duckling” and “tin snail”. 2CVs are no longer […]
Provence is one of the most popular destinations for holiday makers in France, once visited and you’ll always yearn to return. There are more than 800 villages and towns in this area of France and everyone will have their own preference but here are 5 of our favourites in lovely Provence… Avignon With its historic […]
Madame de Sévigné, a 17th century aristocrat who is remembered thanks to her fabulous letter writing skills, called the courtyard of the Chateau de Sully “the most beautiful in France”. She wasn’t wrong, it is a huge space, perfect for partying aristos and surrounded by the walls of the fabulous castle. The Chateau de Sully […]