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Where to find some of the best markets in France
By Alison Cummings on Jun 24 2019

France is home to some of the most amazing markets in Europe. Whether it’s a great antique bargain, wonderful local produce, or original vintage wares, there’s always something for everyone. Almost all villages and towns have their own or a nearby market.  Some of the best are listed here. Lille The Braderie de Lille flea market is the largest in Europe. Attracting over 10,000 e... Read More

Easter in France - what do the French do?
By Alison Cummings on Mar 20 2019

Although Good Friday is not school holidays, the French often take the entire weekend as a break. Consequently, there are many activities at Easter and some unusual traditions that are definitely worth experiencing. French Easter Traditions Part of the Christian tradition in France is the significant change in ringing bells across Catholic Churches. The bells fall notably silent on Maundy Thursd... Read More

Spring Breaks in the Perigord Vert
By Alison Cummings on Jan 18 2019

For those of you who love nature, walking or cycling the Perigord Vert is the perfect choice for a Spring break. It is a beautiful area of green rolling landscapes mixed with woodland, and the rivers Isle and Dronne. A Botanist’s Paradise -  The Plateau Argentine Set on the edge of the Perigord Limousin Natural Park in the northern part of the Dordogne is a very special plac... Read More

What to expect from a Christmas in France
By Alison Cummings on Nov 26 2018

If you’re heading over to France on holiday this coming festive season, it’s worth knowing how they celebrate this time of year on the other side of the channel. Of course, these traditions vary from one French region to another, and (as in the UK) even different families will have varying ways of doing things. But, broadly speaking, traditions reflect the nation’s deep-seat... Read More

Poitou-Charentes and the forgotten beaches of France
By Alison Cummings on Oct 8 2018

Poitou-Charentes, home to cognac and other delicious spirits is a wonderful location to rent a villa or chateau for your family holiday. Situated on the west coast of France, it is a historic region with quiet sandy beaches, excellent cuisine and wines, beautiful towns and villages, and bundles of character. This is the warmest destination in France away from the Mediterranean, with short winters... Read More

Top Ten Tastiest French Cheeses
By Alison Cummings on Aug 29 2018

France is renowned for its great food and fantastic wines, but if there’s one thing the French are famous for, it’s their cheeses. Whether you prefer cow’s milk varieties or a goat’s cheese, blue-veined versions or soft, white ones, there’s bound to be at least one French cheese to suit your tastes. Let’s take a look at the top ten French cheeses, to help you fi... Read More