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Archive for August 2011

Regional Focus: Basse Normandy

Far enough from Paris to retain its regional idiosyncrasies, but close enough to the capital to keep up with the trends, the northern French province of Normandy is a gastronome’s, arts and natures lovers paradise. The historical ties between England and Normandy run deep (Bayeux Tapestry, D-Day landings), but it’s the living culture that keeps … Continue reading »

Regional Focus: Auvergne

The Auvergne is one of the most beautiful regions in France, yet it is probably one of the least well known. It is certainly one of the poorest, with the majority of the region being made up of beautiful yet rural small farmer’s villagers, or larger more industrialized towns. It is the countryside however, which … Continue reading »

Regional Focus: Aquitaine

Aquitaine, in the south-west, is the largest region of France. It has a long, straight west coast, which stretches 200km from the mouth of the Gironde estuary down to Spanish border. Along this border there are two main resorts, Biarritz in the south which, once fashionable with the glamour set of the 1930s has recently … Continue reading »

Regional Focus: Alsace

With its characteristic distinctiveness and its time-old traditions, Alsace is a region sure to be mentioned whenever the French talk about their gastronomy, art, history and culture. Alsace is a frontier land that is both open to the world and attached to its own traditions. Region and former province of France; area 8,280 sq km/3,197 … Continue reading »

Regional Focus: Rhone Alps

A region flagged by the peaks of its mountains where hiking and winter sports are king. Chamonix, Megève, Avoriaz, La Clusaz, Courchevel… the Rhône-Alpes region has both the largest skiing area in the world and the most famous resorts, set above discreet little villages nestling in the valleys. In summer, the white slopes metamorphose into … Continue reading »

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