Dipping A Toe in France’s Ardeche

This post will most likely make Nutmeg’s Corsican friends angry.

Why bother with the hassle of an overnight ferry, crowded beaches and small twisty roads? If you want to feel like you, have experienced a bit of Corsica without leaving the French mainland, plan a trip to the Ardèche region.

The similarities between, the beautiful island of Corsica and the Ardèche are significant, see below:

Corsica

Ardeche

Surface Area 8,680 sq km 5,550 sq km
Widest Point 82 km 75 km
Highest Peak 2,706 metres Mont Cinto 1,754 metres Mont Mézenc
Population 302,000 309,000
Annual Visitors Roughly 2 million Roughly 3 million
Agriculture Chestnuts Chestnuts
Olives Olives
Grapes Grapes
Goats, Sheep Goat, Sheep, Cows
Figs Figs
Beaches 1000 km of coastline Countless River banks
Geographic Formation Volcanic Volcanic

 

Ardeche views #Ardeche #France

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How Nowhere Attracts Artists to East Jesus

Today, your GPS or smartphone might just lead you to the middle of nowhere – East Jesus. This artist’s colony is a couple of dusty miles away from Slab City, a squatters’ settlement that feels like an Imperial Valley desert metropolis once you reach this commune, literally at the end of the road.

East Jesus #EastJesus #California @GingerandNutmeg

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Far from Reality Slab City and Salvation Mountain

As Nutmeg stood in front of a crayon-coloured mound of dirt, clay and straw she thought what would Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (Gaudi) have thought of this? The “summit” of Salvation Mountain stands almost 45-feet high, a mass that is easily recognisable in the otherwise pancake-flat California desert.

Salvation Mountain #California @GingerandNutmeg

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Culinary Destination Sète for Food Lovers

Do you consider yourself a foodie?

Sète needs to be on your radar.

Sète it is the kind of city that grows on you slowly, until one day you recognize that this fishy port has you hooked. Suddenly, you find yourself planning your next trip – reviewing the 10 reasons to visit and craving seafood à la Sètoise.

Oysters Sete #seafood @gingerandnutmeg

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Exploring Paris Fashion with a Chic Shopping Tour

Kasia Dietz is a transplanted New Yorker who has called Paris her home for the last seven years. The “City of Light” lured Dietz into its fabulous web of art, culture and fashion while she was studying International Marketing in London. Ok, there might have been a swarthy Italian too, but she says, “It’s always been a city I dreamt of calling home.”

kasia-dietz-andalucia-collection @kasiadietzbags

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Turmeric a Well-Travelled Spice with Life-Giving Properties

Sally Harris is a freelance writer – after a long career in travel and hospitality she turned her hand back to her first love of writing once she became a parent. She loves to inspire and educate with her written work.

Nutmeg was thrilled when Sally asked if she could write a guest post for Ginger and Nutmeg on a spicy theme. What follows is Sally’s informative article on Turmeric a spice revered for its clear culinary purpose, but also for the promising potential healing properties.

Market Spices #FoodieTravel #TastesofTravel @GingerandNutmeg

Turmeric. It turns your fingers orange and puts the finishing touches to your tikka masala. According to some, it also cures your arthritis (among other things) while it’s at it. Once upon a time, turmeric was almost worth its weight in gold, transported along the spice roads with jewels and luxuries almost comparable to it in value. Since then, it’s lost a lot of its power to entrance us, but new claims about its health-giving powers have renewed our interest in this fascinating space.

What Is Turmeric?

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Tastes of Travel Fall Harvest Menu by Goût et Voyage

With the prospect of shorter days, cooler nights and relaxed meals with friends and family, Nutmeg enlisted Martine Bertin-Peterson to design a Fall Harvest Menu. This three-course meal is a celebration of the colours and flavours of autumn with pears, squash, lamb and a sweet finish.

martine Cooking classes @goutetvoyage

Accomplished only begins to describe Martine Bertin-Peterson a lady who speaks five languages, worked in corporate marketing, owned an art gallery in Santa Fe and runs a bespoke travel company called Goût et Voyage. You can read more about Bertin-Peterson here and her small-group tours in Provence here.

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Travel Made Easy Self-Guided Walks by GPSmyCity

Finally, it’s holiday time!

You are in (pick one) – Paris, Rome, London, Tokyo – and you don’t want to miss anything! But, where to start with a small window of vacation time and a mountain of possibilities? The travel articles that inspired you to book your trip in the first place are either lost to the recycling bin or somewhere in cyberspace.

GPS guided travel articles @GPSmyCitycomInc

Travel Tip: GPS-guided travel article

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