Which Loire Valley Castle To Visit?

The Châteaux of France’s Loire Valley are some of the country’s most opulent and dramatic sights to visit. This collection of castles contains some legendary names – Chambord, Chenonceau, Cheverny, Amboise. For centuries, the castles along the Loire Valley south of Paris were the homes of French royalty and nobility, with magnificent gardens and estates. … More Which Loire Valley Castle To Visit?

French Cheeses By Region – The Illustrated Guide to France’s Cheeses

To say that the French nation loves cheese is an understatement. France is the home to some of the most beloved cheeses in the world, and their names are legendary – Rochefort, Brie, Camembert, Comté. While opinion differs about how many varieties of cheese there are in France, there are at least 400 (with some … More French Cheeses By Region – The Illustrated Guide to France’s Cheeses

Urban Sketching On The Streets Of Paris

Paris is the perfect place for urban sketching. Often admired as one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic cities, or argued as an overrated and overcrowded urban jungle, there’s no denying that the streets of Paris make for compelling artistic subject matter. The cobblestone alleys, street lamps, quays, Haussmannian buildings, and grand monuments make for … More Urban Sketching On The Streets Of Paris

Occitanie Region of France – Pyrénées Mountains, Sunny Beaches and Roman Ruins

Bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Spain along its southern border, Occitanie is a region of sunny beaches, vast wine regions, spectacular mountains, and Roman architecture. Its capital is Toulouse, nicknamed La Ville Rose (the pink city), named for the distinctive pink-hued brickwork which is used in many of the city’s historic buildings. With its wide … More Occitanie Region of France – Pyrénées Mountains, Sunny Beaches and Roman Ruins

Hauts-de-France Region of France – Belfries and Battlefields of the North

France’s northernmost region is Hauts-de-France, home of strong beer, world war battlefields, incredible Gothic cathedrals, and some of Europe’s busiest ports. The region borders Belgium in the north, and the Atlantic coast on the west, with connections to England via the Channel Tunnel. The region has a strong Flemish influence, with UNESCO listed Belfry towers … More Hauts-de-France Region of France – Belfries and Battlefields of the North

Water Jousting in Séte – France’s Medieval Sport Tradition

In the south of France, there is an unusual traditional sport that comes along once a year. Water jousting (joutes nautiqes) is just like horse jousting, but is played between two rival boats that row towards each other. Water jousting is a major event in some French towns, most famously in the port town of … More Water Jousting in Séte – France’s Medieval Sport Tradition

French Dishes By Region – The lllustrated Guide To France’s Diverse Gastronomy

France is a country with some of the most delicious and highly regarded cuisine in the world. French cuisine is one of the biggest attractions to visitors to the country, and for locals, enjoying their local food is a way of life. Not only is French cuisine known for its finesse and flavour, it also … More French Dishes By Region – The lllustrated Guide To France’s Diverse Gastronomy

The Gigantic Stork Nests on the Rooftops of France’s Grand-Est

Across the Alsace region in north-eastern France, near the German border, the houses and chimneys are topped with special platforms. These are to accommodate the resident stork population (Les cigognes blanches), 1-metre tall migrating birds with long, slender beaks. Their elaborate nests on the rooftops can be gigantic – weighing 500kg and almost as large … More The Gigantic Stork Nests on the Rooftops of France’s Grand-Est

The Zouave Infantryman Of Paris – How One Statue Measures The Seine Flooding

There’s a statue in Paris that indicates how badly the Seine is flooding. Water level at his feet? No problem. Waist deep? Time to get very concerned. Shoulders submerged? Evacuate the paintings of The Louvre! Over his head? Time to take a boat to work! The statue is a Zouave infantryman, a form of light … More The Zouave Infantryman Of Paris – How One Statue Measures The Seine Flooding