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visiting st paul de vence – my must-see list

Last week we spent a couple of days in the beautiful  fortified village of St Paul de Vence, soaking up the atmosphere, dining out, visiting galleries and stopping at the little boutiques. The village looks gorgeous at this time of year, so well-tended with bougainvillea and plumbago climbing the stone walls.  Visitors from all over the world come to see this lovely village, and I took great pleasure wandering around early before the streets got busy, and I even popped inside the beautiful old...

staying near Chantilly with Guest and House

I’m always on the look out for new places to stay that are slightly off the beaten track and tend to prefer the authenticity of a smaller property rather than a  big hotel .    There is a new place to look when searching for places to stay in France.    The website Guest and House groups together a few select B&B’s in all corners of the country. I recently visited Clare Howarth who runs the B&B La Maison et l’Atelier from her home near the town of Chantilly, which is...

jacques garcia in normandy

  There are many great things about living in Normandy, but one of the more amazing features in my part of the woods is the Chateau du Champ de Bataille, that has been lovingly restored, by Jacques Garcia, one of France’s leading interior designers. Monsieur Garcia bought the Chateau in 1992 and started the renovation immediately.  Dividing walls were removed to create large reception rooms, and the interiors recreated in 17th and 18th century style.  Part of the chateau is open to...

visiting the normandy beaches and where to stay

  This week I have been revisiting the Normandy landing beaches, and that beautiful part of the Normandy coast north of Bayeux.  I went for a few days with friends, and we were looking for the  informality of a house to rent rather than a hotel.     I found the most wonderful little house, beautifully decorated and equipped, and right on the sea at Port en Bessin.   This tiny port is exactly half way between Omaha Beach and Arromanches, and provided the perfect base for driving...

bringing a 16th century home back to life

  An hour’s drive from here, in the Perche which is just outside of Normandy,  is the beautiful medieval town of Bellême, really one of my favourite towns to visit for its huge doorways, arched gateways, imposing church and quirky shops. My favourite time of year to stop here is in the summer when doors and windows are thrown wide open and the sound of the church bell  strikes out over the slate roofs every hour. And if perchance, I needed to stay overnight, or longer, my immediate...

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