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La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin: The Must-See New Attraction in Bordeaux

“Il m’est arrivé d’affirmer ‘La Cité du Vin’ sera mon Guggenheim.”  “I have said that the Cité du Vin will be my Guggenheim.” -- Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux As I have written recently in France...

A History of the Auberge du Père Bise: Featuring an In-House Recipe

In the village of Talloires, along Lake Annecy, sits a rustic-looking inn. Originally a simple guinguette, or tavern, the Auberge du Père Bise is a prestigious hotel and restaurant. Run by the same family...

The Carrefours of France in San Francisco: Hayes and Gough/Octavia

During the 1849-50s Gold Rush, many French came to San Francisco to find their fortune.  It was San Francisco that grew rich with the addition of French culture, and that continuing influence is seen...

Saint Émilion: A Postcard-Perfect Hilltop Town

Sitting perched on a limestone hilltop like a graceful balcony above the Dordogne Valley, Saint-Émilion is a town in the Gironde department in southwest France. In 1999, Saint-Émilion became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honoured for its cultural...
Charroux Mustard

Gourmet Trail: Auvergne’s Secret Treats

The Auvergne region – a volcanic, richly lush and rustic oasis in the very heartland of France – is known for many things in culinary circles. It has a burgeoning reputation for high-end dining, and its...

Savoring the Slow Road: Cruising the Burgundy Canal by Barge

From the deck of my hotel barge, I glimpse into the heart of rural France, admiring lush pastures of grazing Charolais cattle and the verdant hills of Burgundy’s pastoral landscape. We are cruising at...

Come and meet wine lovers with les Ateliers de Bacchus

Les Ateliers de Bacchus were born in 2007 from our oenologist’s desire, Pauline Robin, to communicate her expertise and passion for wine.  Graduated from the University of Oenology of Bordeaux and holding a degree...
Grand Hôtel in Cabourg

A Weekend in Calvados, Normandy

In the northwest of France, a couple of hours drive from Paris, Normandy’s Calvados department feels a world away from the capital city. The area beckons visitors with its spectacular seaside, tranquil rolling hills,...
Chateau de Monbazillac

Time with Wine: Monbazillac’s Golden Promise

As soon as you leave the suburbs of Bergerac you start to see rows and rows of leafy vines on a gently rising incline. This terrain faces north and rises to a summit, on which is the...

Little Black Book: My France Favourites by Martha Sessums

France Today ambassador Martha Sessums shares her favourite addresses in France A PLACE TO STAY There’s a hotel in downtown Beaune that makes you feel like you’re living there. Winery owners remodelled this ex-home/stable into a hotel with elegant rooms, breakfast and...