In addition to being the oldest city in France, Marseille can also lay claim to being the largest commercial port in the country. Its ferry terminal is gateway to the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, together with North Africa, a region which has greatly influenced the culture and feel of the city.
Like any bustling
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There has long been a connection between monastic orders and alcohol – just think of Chatreuse (made by Carthusian Monks, popular since the 1740s. It is composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbal extracts – and still made under the supervision of monks from the monastery). or Benedictine (originally made as a medicinal liqueur
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Arles (13 Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence) starts its bullfighting season with the Feria de Pâques (Easter Festival) from 29 March – 1 April 2013
Many visitors may feel squeamish or even disapproving about the spectacle of bull-fighting, but it is a long-maintained tradition in Provence and southern France, especially in the Camargue. You can however still enjoy
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30 November – 1 December 2012 in the heart of Paris offers an opportunity to taste and learn about wines from many well-known names and most wine regions of France.
Over the 2 days you can taste wines direct from the producer and attend numerous masterclasses to enhance your appreciaton of wine. Unusually there is
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Cavaillon (84 Vaucluse, Provence) is one of the major centres of Melon production in France – and on the weekend of 11-12 July 2009 the town celebrates its gastronomic delights with the Fete du Melon.
With music, dancing, processions of donkeys, ponies and horsement, and plenty of opportunities to try Melon in its many guises
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French Food and Drink specialists will be at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop’s Food Festival “Passion for Food and Drink”.
Passion for food and drink – February 14th 10am – 4pm
We’ll have a selection of our products on sale and will be offering samples of the Clos de la Fonatine Hugo Cider and for
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For the first time this November there will be a French Wine Growers Fair in London (21-23 November 2008 at the Barbican). The Salons des Vignerons Independents (Independent Winemakers Fairs) are well established in France and we usually try to get to one of the fairs in Lille, Strasbourg or Paris
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The Independent’s Simon Calder narrates an interesting and informative Podcast which you can download and take with you to the cosmopolitan city of Nice, an easy option with many budget airlines flying in from numerous UK airports – or take the TGV from London!
Beginning in the Promenade des Anglais, Simon Calder explores the
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Waitrose (online and in its stores) launches its French Wine Showcase on 26 March 08 – running through to 27 April 2008 this will feature a total of 48 wines.
As well as our usual French favourites, the showcase will also see the launch of four new wines to the range, including the delightful
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One of our favourite vineyards – classy wines, passionate wine maker, glorious position and a welcoming and informative visitor experience! We first visited many many years ago just as tourists, but have been back many times. Set in the foothills of the Alpilles mountains in a glorious Provencal landscape with grape and olive vines, the
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