September 29, 2014

Domaine Rouge-Bleu Grape Heaven in Provence

Domaine Rouge-Bleu Grape Heaven in Provence

Their eyes connected on a train headed towards the Champagne region. Before the weekend filled with bubbles supplied by the cellars of Krug and Dom Pérignon was over, Caroline Jones a proud Australian, and French native Thomas Bertrand had uncorked a little sparkle. Their long-distance romance bloomed and the now married couple lives between the vines at Domaine Rouge-Bleu a vineyard in the heart of Provence. (more…)

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June 30, 2014

Provence’s Purple Fields of Essential Lavender Oil

Provence’s Purple Fields of Essential Lavender Oil

If you had to conjure up a mental picture of Provence – what would it be? Thanks to talented photographers who have turned their best shots into postcards, books and Internet sites, one of the most iconic images of Provence is the deep purple undulating rows of lavender plants. (more…)

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June 9, 2014

Olivier Bourillon and The Rodeo Cowboys of Provence

Olivier Bourillon and The Rodeo Cowboys of Provence

Most readers already know that Ginger is a devoted rodeo fan and Calgary Stampede volunteer. In the last few years, he has embraced Provencal equine traditions surrounding brawny white horses and feisty midnight-black bulls. Ginger can explain the rules of a Course Camarguaise, and he has been to ferrades (branding events). In the process, he has taken hundreds of photos of bulls running in the streets during the annual Fêtes de Village in August. However, his heart remains saddled to traditional rodeo.   (more…)

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May 26, 2014

Longing for Marseille’s Palais Longchamp

Longing for Marseille’s Palais Longchamp

Marseille has managed to improve its image in the last few years, from seedy French port to European Cultural Capital in 2013. A financial infusion of several hundred million Euros did a lot for cleaning up the heart of the tourist area and expanding the city’s museums. The last major infrastructure project of this magnitude in Marseille was the post WWII reconstruction of the Vieux Port and le Panier district. Marseille’s cultural transformation has been significant, including the recently renovated Palais Longchamp home of two galleries the Natural History Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. (more…)

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May 19, 2014

The Next Era for Marseille’s Fort Saint Jean

The Next Era for Marseille’s Fort Saint Jean

Salty cobalt-blue waters of the Mediterranean slip into the Port of Marseille under the careful watch of two stoic limestone sentries, Fort Saint-Jean and Fort Saint-Nicholas. In 1660, King Louis XIV ordered the construction of Fort Saint-Nicholas and the reinforcement of existing structures at Fort Saint-Jean. The justification for these monumental building projects was to improve the defense capabilities of the old port. The reality was likely more a show of military force to encourage calm among Marseille’s rebellious citizens than against the threat of external attack, the forts’ cannons faced the city. (more…)

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May 12, 2014

A Ride Through History in the Dordogne

A Ride Through History in the Dordogne

Nutmeg loves France and Ginger tolerates her passion. The way they manage to find moderately stable ground within the quicksand of their personal interests is in those moments when friends come to visit. These encounters are an anchor with the familiar, and the ballast that settles a slightly rocky boat. Sometimes, they are able to convince those friends to explore with them. One recent occasion was a group bike trip through the now tranquil Dordogne, a region of France that once was the subject of violent tug-a-wars between French and English forces. Either, these were good friends or they were desperate for a vacation as the general descriptions for each day were as follows: • Moderately hilly • Mostly hilly • The odd flat section • Steep hills Maybe, it was the draw of history or the promise of wine, but they all came to discover historical Dordogne. (more…)

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April 14, 2014

Domaine de la Baume a Provencal Jewel

Domaine de la Baume a Provencal Jewel

Jean-Louis Sibuet quickly appreciated the realities of the hospitality trade, once his parents purchased le Fer à Cheval Hotel in Megève. His early grounding in the accommodation business has evolved into a French boutique hospitality chain. Mr. Sibuet and his wife Jocelyne have created a luxurious, contemporary brand while maintaining a resilient respect for the local environment unique to each of their hotel properties. (more…)

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April 7, 2014

ABCs of Travel in France’s Dordogne

ABCs of Travel in France’s Dordogne

Ginger and Nutmeg spent a long Sunday afternoon covering over 600 km on some of France’s super-highways. Their goal was the looming treasure at the end of the journey, a week of biking with good friends through the Dordogne. Nutmeg admits that an ABC list covering essential sights and local tastes in the Dordogne region might have been a bit more help before their trip. She hopes instead that this post benefits at least one of the G&N readers who plan to visit this beautiful area in the future. (more…)

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March 10, 2014

Paris Marche des Enfants Rouge

Paris Marche des Enfants Rouge

Old meets new, and France meets the world in this Parisian market. The trendy Marais district, the third arrondissement, spills northward with new housing and retail stores invading previously unattractive utilitarian spaces. In the midst of this budding urbanization is one of Paris’s oldest covered markets. The entrance off rue de Bretagne is unassuming; inside this compact culinary corner of the capital city is an artist’s palate of international cuisines. Market stalls flaunt glorious blooms in soft pastels and vibrant Crayola shades, seasonal fruit and vegetables from farms of Europe are piled high and fresh catch from the seas rest on icy cradles. (more…)

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January 6, 2014

The Art of Provencal Tables

The Art of Provencal Tables

The joys of easy entertaining: Simple food Great flavours Easy laughter And not too many dishes Doesn’t that sound perfect? If you want to enjoy your guests and not waste a whole day cooking, keep reading. (more…)

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