Tour France

  • Adopt a Neighborhood -- Montorgueil

    By Don Roby

    It was a beautiful early-October afternoon.  We were sitting at a table at one of the many outdoor cafés that line Rue Montorgueil, having refreshments.  The level of activity here picks up around this time of day.  People are walking their kids home from school, getting out to stretch their legs, shopping for the evening meal.  Lots of dog walkers.  This had become our favorite time of day, nestled in amongst locals, watching the parade of Parisian humanity pass by.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 )
  • Espalion, France, The Birthplace of Diving

    By Christian Hery

    Here it is! Jules Verne's adventure novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea got inspired by the invention made by two Aveyronnais — the diving suit per se — when he attended in 1867 the Universal Exhibition in Paris.  Read more...

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 January 2015 )
  • Bienvenue en Aveyron!

    By Christian Hery

    Aveyron is a place where the north and south winds meet, bringing influences from both the mountains and the "Midi". History's alchemy has modelled its strong identity, as if to better marry the contrasts that show its wealth.  Read more...

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 December 2014 )
  • The Amazing Story of Loc-Dieu

    By Christian Hery

    As the oldest Cistercian abbey in Aveyron, France it might seem like a square of stones laying in the countryside. However there's something magical about Loc-Dieu — means 'God's location'— and it's sort of a miracle as such an harmony has survived through centuries.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 )
  • Burgundy in the Fall - Symbols of Solstice

    By Barbara Becquiot

    November.  The passage, overhead, of hundreds of thousands of ash gray cranes is as symbolic of the winter solstice, here in Burgundy, as are goats cheese, chestnuts and tangerines on the kitchen table.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 December 2014 )
  • An Off-the-Beaten Path French Tour Path Filled with Goosebump Moments is Awaiting You with Experience (my) France

    By Christian Hery

    Particularly alluring to our past guests have been the multitude of ancient churches, castles and village architecture which recalled both the simplicity and dangers of Medieval times. Read more...

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 )
  • Mickey Mouse and the Gurs Concentration Camp

    By Loui Franke

    There is one concentration camp that is not often mentioned but it has a varied and interesting history. It is Gurs. This was the largest concentration camp in the south of France near to the town of Pau in the region of Aquitaine. Aquitaine is in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 December 2014 )
  • Burgundy Reflections

    By Barbara Becquiot

    Summer vacation is over for most French people.  November is here and a sort of sluggish Indian summer has settled over Burgundy.  For the younger generation it is a new start.  For those of us who, as my companion would put it, “have simply been younger a little longer” a touch of nostalgia seems to coincide with night falling once again by 6 pm.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 24 November 2014 )
  • Vernon, France – Not Just a Way Into Giverny

    By Michele Kurlander

    I revisited Giverny last week via the usual train from Paris’ Gare St Lazare to Vernon, and discovered that Claude Monet and the town of Giverny are not the only wonders at the end of the tracks, but that the town of Vernon itself is also worth the trip.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 )
  • A visit to the charming Hôpital-Saint-Blaise

    By Loui Franke

    Summer is here with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Many of the courageous among us will be taking up backpacks and begin making their way along one of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compestello. For the less courageous you can travel the backroads of southern France by car to begin this journey and still be able to take in the scenery and discover the history and charm in this part of the world.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 August 2014 )
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