This is a love story. It’s the tale of a couple who fell in love with an abandoned chateau. They bought it and have spent the last two decades lovingly restoring it and creating the most magical gardens. Falling in love with a neglected but exquisite Chateau Normally these stories are about expats who can’t […]
The Chateau of Chenonceau is famous for its floral displays. Every room is exquisitely decorated with scented, utterly stunning bouquets made by a master florist in the Chateau’s floral workshop. Of course, all those flowers and fruits used in the spectacular displays have to be grown. Largely the flowers come from the stunning gardens of […]
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The Mona Lisa, known as La Joconde in France, has one of the most famous faces the world has ever known despite being more than 500 years old. Her likeness hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris and each year millions queue to see her face behind its thick bullet proof glass. Many wonder what […]
The Chateau de Brissac is a privately owned home that had been in the same family since 1502 – May 26th to be precise! It was bought by a French lord by the name of Brissac and it’s lived in today by his descendants. This chateau, the tallest in France, is set in gorgeous grounds […]
Paris is teeming with historic, exquisite and gilded buildings galore. The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are the most visited museum and monument in the world. When it comes to culture, Paris offers a backdrop like no other city and has so much to offer culture vultures. Here are six of the most gorgeous museums […]
Over twenty years ago I visited the Chateau du Rivau. In its first stages of renovation by owner Patricia Laigneau, a Versailles trained garden designer with a passion to restore the chateau to its former ancient glory. The chateau remained in my memory as an enchanting place. Reminiscent of fairy tale castles, the gardens were […]
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Langres in the Haute-Marne region of Champagne is a sleepy sort of a town where people are friendly and say hello to strangers. It wasn’t always so. The original Chateau de Pailly which was built in the 11th century was destroyed by the people of Langres. They acted in retaliation for the Burgundian owner’s support […]
Vaux-Le-Vicomte is a chateau with a dark past. It was once the home of a favoured Minister of Louis XIV who only got to enjoy its beauty for a very short while. Nicolas Fouquet was the Finance Minister of the King and a man who appreciated the finer things in life. He commissioned the design, […]
The Chateau of Vaux-Le-Vicomte in Maincy, around an hour from Paris, is one of those places that looks utterly gorgeous in photos but when you see it for real looks even better. You may have seen it recently and not even realised. If you’re a fan of the TV series “Versailles”, the raunchy bonk-buster serial […]
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I’d heard of the Palais des Papes in the Provencal town of Avignon. I’d seen photos and even knew a little bit of history though not much. But it hadn’t at all prepared me for seeing it in person. The sheer overwhelming size of this towering palace in which Popes once lived is mind boggling. […]