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Whether it's gastronomic greatness, artistic endeavour or cultural cachet you're looking for, there's no doubt that France still sits right at the top of the European heap. France is the country for which the word chic was invented - seductive and aloof, old-fashioned and forward-looking, but always characterised by a certain je ne sais quoi. The country that gave the world champagne, casseroles and Camembert is justly famous for its cooking, and you'll find there are plenty of places to indulge yourself. But while France is undoubtedly a place to eat and drink to your heart's content, there's much more to this fascinating country than cutting-edge cuisine.

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Tips for Visiting the French Riviera on a Budget

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 | By vantastic_sa | Views [6]

This summer I went to the south of France to celebrate my 30th birthday with Turner aka American Travel Blogger . We started off in Juan Les Pins staying at Hotel Belle Rives, a famous hotel that was once the villa of Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald.... Read more >

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Truth Revealed About French Food!

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [28]

Well there has been a great deal of talk this summer about "MalBouffee" a recently coined French expression for junk food. it has not escaped the notice of the French eye that their people are putting on more weight despite the article last year about ... Read more >

So, How Old Is Your House?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [20]

We visited dear friends today. We exchanged with them 18 years ago! And, whenever we are in the Charente, we always get together. So, we've seen them several times but today was even extra special because two of their three children were there with their ... Read more >

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 | By bstess | Photo Gallery

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Too Much Sadness

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [58]

Dear Blog Readers, I find the the events in the U.S.A. and here in Europe very upsetting. Since most of you know me quite well, you know that I feel very strongly about what is happening to our country with the president. I find that I don't want ... Read more >

Another Super Concert

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [45]

Today's concert was held at mid-day and it too was very well attended. Five distinguished musicians - 2 from the National Symphony Orchestra of Paris, 2 from the National Symphony of Bordeaux and the leader who plays with the Guardians de la Pays (a ... Read more >

Fouras' Claim To Fame - Fort Vauban

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [45]

I would be remiss if I didn't mention "our fort". It is a reminder of Fouras' early history as it dates back to the early 1300's. The huge dungeon was added later and it now houses a tiny museum.   What's unique about the Fort, is that you ... Read more >

Yachting Week 5-Cannes

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 | By davidpearlman | Views [24]

For the remainder of the day in Cannes, I took a bus tour around the island, and saw the giant theatre that was part of the Cannes film festival.  The bus passed by beautiful homes, apartment buildings, and hotels, which catrered to the rich and ... Read more >

Rochefort - Home of the Hermione and Much More!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [43]

I'm willing to bet that if you ask most people coming into Rochefort today, they'll tell you that a visit to the Hermione brought them. But, the town has much more to offer tourists. We first visited before the construction of the Hermione ... Read more >

The Marquis de Lafayette Prepares To Leave for America!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [47]

Someone here in France decided that it would be a great idea to build a replica of Lafayette's ship, The Hermione". And to build it using the same techniques and materials that were available to ship builders some 250 years ago. Thus began the story ... Read more >

A Two Donkey Town

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [52]

Off we went to a town, Port Barques" we've never been to. In a brochure, it said it was having a two day Festival and we like festivals!   Do you know the term "one horse town"? Well, this place is a "two donkey town"!  The "festival' ... Read more >

Yachting Week 5-Going with the Chef to Market

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 | By davidpearlman | Views [48]

  Today the port of call is Cannes. Tonight, after the ship leaves, a barbecue/buffet will be hosted for the guests. In  order to prepare for the barbecue, the chef goes to a market in town to buy fresh cheeses, olives, etc, and ... Read more >

Classical Music With A French Flare!

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [38]

Last night we attended a classical music concert in le foret vert. The setting added to the eager anticipation of the performance. We arrived early to get good seats and ours were perfect. The stage had been set up in front of a landmark old chateau ... Read more >

New Meaning to the Term, "Just Hanging Around"

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [57] | Comments [1]

As we walked around La Rochelle the other day, something interesting caught my eye. Amazing how many people missed them and there were thousands of people in downtown too. As a tourist, one should always check out everything in all directions, ... Read more >

Is This La Rochelle or the Mall?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 | By kimswim | Views [53]

Having spent a few months in La Rochelle over the years, we were looking forward to spending a day checking out all our old haunts. Quelle surprise! First, it took us forever to actually enter the city because the traffic was so heavy. Then, finding ... Read more >

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