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  • 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 )
  • 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 )
  • Lyon: Where Emperors Lived

    By Arnie Greenberg

    This beautiful city in France once housed Emperors and famous people. Today it is a UNESCO commercial center. with two flowing rivers passing through hills, cathedrals, beautiful homes and Roman relics. It’s a city made for tourists with wide avenues, parks and squares, top notch restaurants and welcoming hotels.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 March 2014 )
  • Castles in the Air

    By Sue Aran

    The village of Cordes-sur-Ciel, rises 100 meters above the Cérou river valley, in the northwest corner of the Tarn department, 80 kilometers northeast of Toulouse. The two steep, natural limestone cliffs of the Puech de Mordagne peak, upon which Cordes rests, were the perfect building blocks for the first bastide (fortified village), built by Raymond VII, the Count of Toulouse, in 1222, to protect his northern territories.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 February 2014 )
  • Auvillar - Fête des Potiers

    By Sue Aran

    A little over a week ago, 60 potters gathered together for their twenty-first year in Auvillar, one of the plus beaux villages de France, to share their remarkable skills and imagination with the public. The village is situated in the Tarn-et-Garonne départment in the Midi-Pyrénées region of the southwest, a picturesque 45 minute drive from either Agen or Toulouse.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
  • A Labor of Love - Chateau de Caumale

    By Sue Aran

    Four years ago, while driving through the countryside northeast of my house in Ayzieu, I stopped to photograph a magnificent chateau in complete disrepair in the village of Gabarret-Escalans Prominently displayed on an old, weathered stone gate post was a historical monument designation for the Chateau de Caumale, so I ventured down the long, rutted driveway flanked by enormous dead oak trees.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
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