Posts Tagged “France”

A Table in the Tarn by Orlando Murrin – review

A Table in the Tarn by Orlando Murrin – review

It’s not just a story of a table but, in fact, a whole guest house. That guest house being in the Tarn region of South West France where the author, Orlando Murrin, and his partner Peter Steggall have made their home. More accurately, Orlando and Peter have turned an old property into a guest house,…

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Le Lys du Liban – Aix en Provence – restaurant review

Le Lys du Liban – Aix en Provence – restaurant review

This small restaurant (only 36 covers) is tucked away up a side street and is (if you are lucky) easily missed. I couldn’t say it’s like a corner of old Beirut, but Le Lys du Liban has a rustic charm and some of the biggest wooden ceiling beams I have ever seen – and they…

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The Other Side of the Bar

The Other Side of the Bar

…or One Bar, Two Buses, Six Coffees and a Funeral. Don’t we all just love it? The thought of a nice little bar in France, open from early morning, evoking visions of rustic charm, the smoke of half-a-dozen Gauloises (not any more!) and some animated exchanges over the morning’s St Tropez Daily Worker? At first…

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Les Moustoussades – Bands Together in Villemoustaussou – review

Les Moustoussades – Bands Together in Villemoustaussou – review

Every year our village hosts a marching bands competition. These are not crisply uniformed semi-military, baton-swirling groups, these are “bandas”! The eight bandas performing this year came from all parts of France and also Belgium, and are made up of players of all ages. They play everything from 1960s pop to Spanish love songs to…

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Le Panier Festival in the Back Streets of Marseilles – travel review

Le Panier Festival in the Back Streets of Marseilles – travel review

Le Panier had always been a rough part of the city. It’s the oldest part of town with a dense lattice of narrow streets with tall narrow houses. If the streets were not full of people making merry then it would feel dark and threatening. Its squalor was legendary but Napoleon, Casanova, the painter Puget…

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Absinthe – The Green Fairy

Absinthe – The Green Fairy

Originally produced in the Val-de-Travers region in Switzerland and in Pontarlier, France, Absinthe is a distilled anise-flavoured spirit made from herbs including the flowers and leaves of the plant Artemisia Absinthium, also called Wormwood. Although it is sometimes termed a liqueur, absinthe has no added sugar and is therefore considered as a spirit. Absinthe was…

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La Ferme, Carcassonne – food store review

La Ferme, Carcassonne – food store review

If you only have time to visit one shop on a quick trip to Carcassonne, then this must be the one. This little up-market deli/wine/coffee/tea/sweet/fine food shop looks like it’s been there for a hundred years. It’s only been twenty. Before that La Ferme was located just around the corner but away from the main…

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