Shutters in Provence

The Shutters of Provence

I’m frequently asked why I titled my blog Shutters and Sunflowers. All throughout this enchanting country shutters are found framing the windows of both historic and recently constructed buildings-- particularly in Provence. And from mid...
Aveyron Gorges

What To See and Do in Tarn-et-Garonne

With lots of natural scenic splendour, this is a great place to get out and about, by boat, by bike or on foot Related articles: Great Destinations, The Waterways of Tarn-et-Garonne 12 Essential Visits in Tarn-et-Garonne Wine...

12 Essential Visits in Tarn-et-Garonne

Our choice of must-see villages, buildings and other places of interest Related article: Great Destinations: The Waterways of Tarn-et-Garonne Auvillar This village above the Garonne, famous for its circular covered market place, is classified among the Plus...

A Year after the Devastating Fire at Notre-Dame De Paris

A year after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame, Caroline Harrap looks at what comes next for the world-famous cathedral – and discovers why its future could still be at risk Standing across the Seine from...

Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, A Photo Tour

On the art trail in Provence? Don't miss the Fondation Maeght, a world famous cultural institution and one of France's most important private art foundations. (In fact, it was the very first in the...

Photo Essay: The Famous Pilgrimage Site of Vézelay

Just 3 hours on the A6 from Paris will bring you (back) to a remarkable era in French religious history. Situated in the Yonne department in Burgundy, Vézelay is a designated UNESCO World Heritage...

12 Villages to Visit in the Rhône Valley

This is a region rich in pretty villages that have been well-preserved through the centuries Related article: Road Trip through the Rhône Valley TAIN-L’HERMITAGE Wine and chocolate meet at this crossroads of some of the Rhône Valley’s...

12 Iconic Renaissance Sites in the Loire Valley

As the cradle of the French Renaissance, the Val de Loire boasts a wealth of places to explore Related articles: Cradle of the Renaissance: A Celebration in the Loire Valley Things to See and Do in...

The Fête des Roses at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Every year for the last 10 years, rose lovers have been gathering at the Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to celebrate not only the queen of the flower kingdom, but also the woman behind the...

The Fire of Notre-Dame de Paris

Images of Notre-Dame de Paris engulfed in flames caused shock and dismay the world over. A month on, however, we now know that this beloved landmark will be fully restored to its former glory...