Posted by | May 1, 2019
May the Lily be with you!

Today in Burgundy we’ll be holding the Fête du Muguet – the Festival of the Lily of the Valley. We hold it on May 1st, which is Labour Day here....

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Posted by | March 31, 2019
In France today there’s something fishy going

Some things are unique to France. Certainly it’s a very different sort of place when it comes to April 1st. They don’t have April Fool’s Day in the sense they...

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Posted by | December 31, 2018
Vive Le Reveillon et Bonne Année

New Year’s Eve is a big night in France when you wish the world 'Bonne Année' – it's much more boisterous and roisterous than Christmas. New Year’s Eve dinners start...

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Posted by | April 25, 2018
Chenonceau – a fabled castle created by fabulous women

We’ve talked before about the Chateau of Chenonceau. Having just visited again this year, and seen it in its full Spring glory, we’ve refreshed our minds on the awe-inspiring list of owners...

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Posted by | March 29, 2018
So, what wine should you drink with chocolate?

Last week, when we wrote all about chocolate and ‘Chocolat’,  people posed us the question ‘so what wine can you pair with chocolate?’ For us there is only one possible...

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Posted by | March 20, 2018

Some things are a matter of life and death, but chocolate is even more important than that. In France chocolate is an all-consuming passion and the ‘maitre chocolatier’ – the...

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Posted by | February 26, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to discover your inner cave man or woman, or simply fancy finding out what life in a hole in the ground is like, then you’ve just...

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Posted by | February 21, 2018
What do hospitals, wine and hospitality have in common?

Welcome to the Hospices de Beaune Whether you love history or wine (or both for that matter) you’re simply going to fall head over heels for the Hospices de Beaune. ...

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Posted by | February 11, 2018
Why don’t the French French-kiss?

The French are legendary romantics. Indeed, Joni Mitchell sang ‘in France they kiss on main street’. So this week, with St. Valentine’s Day in the offing, we’re asking this question:...

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Posted by | January 31, 2018

Very cultural crowd the Romans. Look at a map of France and you can see their influence everywhere – especially in the older off-the-beaten track roads that run dead straight...

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