As a special summer promotion Rail Europe is offering up to 80% off First Class train travel in France this summer – includes TGVs which is often the fastest between Paris and destinations in southern France including Nice, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux. Book by 24 August 2012!
Take the train from Paris to Nice,
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Eastern Burgundy – the area to the east of the A6 autoroute inlcuding the Jura and Saone et Loire departements offers many diversions and many good reasons to break free from the headlong rush south to the Alps and Mediterranean!
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At Voiteur (39 Jura, Franche Comté) on 2-3 February 2013 the Percée du Vin Jaune festival takes place (and every year on the first weekend in February).
The festival celebrates the piercing or tapping of the barrels of the Jura’s famous “Yellow Wine” (vin jaune) which has spent 6 years and 3 months maturing, to
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UNESCO has just announced that it has extended recognition of the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans to include the Great (although presumably not Royal) Saltworks of nearby Salins-les-Bains (25 Doubs, Franche-Comté.)
The Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains, where brine has been extracted since the Middle Ages if not earlier, features three buildings above ground: salt stores, the
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The railway journey from Nimes(30 Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon) to Clermont Ferrand (63 Puy de Dome, Auvergne) offers you a different perspective on the Massif Central than most of us experience using the main north-south artery down the Autoroute du Soleil. Whilst the newer A75 route from Beziers to Clermont-Ferrand also offers some spectacular views, the train
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The annual Percée du Vin Jaune takes place in the villages of Passenans & Frontenay (39 Arbois, Jura) on the weekend of 31 January/1 February 2009.
Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine) are unique and are the only wines in the world to develop such an aromatic palette during the aging process. This rare nectar, with remarkable
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Anthony Peregrine in the Times (27 July 2008) embarks on a cheesey tour of France and this would be a great way to have a themed trip – maybe getting you into corners of France which might otherwise be missed. Furthermore there is increasing pressure both from EU bureaucrats, big commercial dairies and undiscerning consumers,
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The wines of the Jura are seldom seen and little known in the UK. These wines can be quite distinctive and in addition to familiar grape varietals such as Chardonnay they also use local grapes such as Savignin ( a cousin of Alsace Gewurztraminer), and Poulsard, a distant relative of Pinot Noir.
Jura Wine is
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Down in the Jura, preparations are in hand for the annual wine festival – the Percée du Vin Jaune at Ruffey-sur-Seille (39 Jura, Franche-Comté — see map). For an insiders view and tips, John and Carolyn Scallon who run a B&B at Sens-sur-Seille offer the following thoughts – AND are also offering a weekend special:-
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John & Carolyn Scallon offer comfortable Bed & Breakfast (Chambre d’Hote) accommodation in Burgundy either for stop-overs en route south or for short or longer stays. At Sens-sur-Seille (71 Saone-et-Loire, Bourgogne). This would be an opportunity to explore some of the lesser known parts of Burgundy with the additional bonus of experienced advice from your
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