Tag Archives: France

In The Frame: All aboard the Violet Barge

For this episode “In The Frame” we bring you La Maison de la Violette”. In July 2000, Helen Vié opened “La Maison de la Violette” on board a barge anchored on the Canal du Midi, to celebrate the delicate flower that … Continue reading

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In the Frame: Valentine’s Day… this is you 7 day warning!

Did you know that well known romantic, who preferred the chopping block to the divorce court, Henry VIII declared in 1537 that by Royal Charter that all England would celebrate 14th February as St Valentine’s Day. Photo taken during the Lyon … Continue reading

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In the Frame: David Enjalran

This is David Enjalran, the owner and chef of L’Esprint du Vin in Albi, just after he was asked if he would like a second Michelin Star.  The answer was this huge smile and “who wouldn’t”. David was awarded his first … Continue reading

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Five things to do in Lyon

Go on a city tour with a difference!  The Cyclopolitain tour allows you to take in this fascinating city whilst your cyclist does all the work.  We went around the Renaissance district dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries (UNESCO … Continue reading

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The tour of the Vallée du Loir continues…

Our journey through the Vallée du Loir continues and our travels have brought us to the doorstep of the house owned by world renowned interior designer Timothy Corrigan! The sheer size of the Chateau de Grand Lucé is breathtaking – let’s just … Continue reading

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Five things to do in Grenoble …

Visit a necropolis! Le Musée archéologique Grenoble Saint-Laurent is part Son et Lumiere installation, part cemetery and part active architectural dig – all housed in a very clever, steel and glass infrastructure for this is also Grenoble’s archeology museum. Take the bubble to … Continue reading

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A Gourmet Paradise: Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

If you love food, then you will love Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse for this is truly foodie heaven.  Just slightly out of the centre where we were staying but easy to navigate, this indoor food market boasts nearly 60 … Continue reading

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Necropolis: The City of the Dead

Let’s go visit the Necropolis said Isabelle gaily – it’s incredible.  Intrigued, this is how I was beguiled to visit Grenoble’s very own City of the Dead one wintry December morning. She’s right, it is incredible – in fact, it’s … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Festival of Lights, Lyon

Nothing can prepare you for the excitement and the exhilaration of visiting the French city of Lyon during their annual Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) in December. Dating back to 1852, the Festival of Lights is an ancient traditional tribute … Continue reading

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TravelFacts#7: Secrets of the colour blue

In the ancient world, the search for the colour blue was one steeped in mystery and enigma. It was in the Middle Ages, however, that the colour producing properties of woad or pastel were discovered, and this priceless pigment became … Continue reading

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