Chateau Du Rivau Loire Valley: pumpkins, roses and fairy-tales

24 Oct

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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The Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte France and it’s incredible history

11 Aug

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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Chateau Hopping in the Loire Valley

3 May

France is the most popular tourist destination in the world and there’s good reason. For a start there’s Paris, Nice, beaches, vineyards, medieval towns, picturesque villages and a whole lot more. There’s something for everyone here. We asked Expat Dating France to tell us one of their favourite things that’s fun for everyone and they […]

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Musee Camille Claudel Opens in France

24 Mar

“There is always something absent that torments me.” Camille Claudel, letter to Rodin, 1886 Being a muse is not as easy as it looks. With the opening of France’s first national museum dedicated to the talent of Rodin’s long-suffering assistant and mistress later this month, Camille Claudel (1864-1943) is finally getting the recognition that she […]

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