Gaillac (81,Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees) holds its annual wine fair (Fete des Vins) 6-7 August 2011. Situated between Toulouse and Albi, the wines of this region tend to be a variation on the Languedoc style.
Between the wine-producing areas of Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon, the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées vineyards have succeeded in perpetuating their wine-growing vocation across a
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St Jean-Pied-diu-Port (64 Pyrenees-Atlantiques) is a major gateway to the Pyrenees and is the confluence of serveral pilgrim routes on the way to St Jacques de Compostela (Santiago de Complostela) in Galicia, NW Spain. The name of the town means literally St James at the foot of the pass>
The Way of St James has
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Strasbourg (67 Bas-Rhin, Alsace) is a major European city – on France’s eastern border with Germany and the Rhine, home of the European Court of Human Rights and one of the two seats of the European Parliament (the other being in Brussels, Belgium).
Somehow you do not expect to find anything more than a stuffy, bureaucratic
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A great opportunity to discover more about the biggest wine region in France and its wines is on offer with the 2010 Bordeaux Wine Festival
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Rain Heron of Sweet French Cottages near Entraygues-sur-Truyere (12 Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees) shares her thoughts about France at Easter:
Easter is known as Pâques in France. Although it is a religious holiday, nowadays, it is treated as mostly a secular holiday and enjoyed mainlyby the French children. The children— as in many other countries— receive a
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Brittany Ferries is offering 10% off all holidays booked by 18 January 2010.
The choice includes Brittany, Normandy, Western Loire and Aquitaine; Hotels, gites, villas. cottages, apartments, camping etc.
For more info see Brittany Ferries
If you’ve ever considered being part of the French wine harvest then have a look at RTE’s video on Chateau Haut Garrigue in Saussignac west of Bergerac – see www.rte.ie Caroline & Sean Feely purchased the vineyard 4 years ago, and have developed a biodynamic, organic vineyard which is winning great acclaim from winelovers
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As northern Europe settles into an unwelcome late autumn/early winter, memories of a balmy French summer fade. Which is why a missive from the Aveyron is so welcome – evoking some of the magic of the region – and making the prospect of a winter break in the warmer climes of the Lot Valley almost
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Our ocassional series of articles using local knowledge to help you get the best out of a visit to different parts of France.
Saumur (49 Maine et Loire, Pays de Loire)
Where to stay
English/French family-owned Gite and B&B (Chambres d’Hote) – Le Bellevue on a vineyard run by Sarah-Jane Beaumont
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Gite Grape Escape at Saussignac
One of my preferred vineyard gites is at the organic Chateau Haut Garrigue just outside the village of Saussignac in the western Dordogne valley (24 Dordogne, Midi-Pyrenees) where Sean and Carolyne Feely originally from South Africa and Ireland have built up the vineyard (Saussignac AOC and Bergerac AOC) and
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