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5 Reasons Why Lyon’s Food & Wine Is Prized by Gourmets

19th January 2018
Paul Bocuse GrandMa Kitchen

While Paris enjoys more worldwide recognition as a destination for French cuisine, the old city of Lyon is France's true gastronomic capital. Gourmets know that the old Gallo-Roman city, while more understated and secretive than the French capital, harbours some of the world's very finest restaurants, wineries and local delicacies. Whether you've already visited or are yearning to discover the elegant city, read on to learn more about why the Lyon food and wine scene is so prized by gastronomes Read more

10 Reasons to Visit France in 2018

9th January 2018 The Latest News, Uncategorised 0

Looking for a good reason to visit France this year, even if your last trip was a recent one? The Telegraph has just published an intriguing list of interesting, adventurous and luxurious things to see and do in 2018, so make sure to have a look and soak up a bit of inspiration. Noting that France remains the world’s single most-visited destination, the piece offers suggestions for exhibits, special sporting events, festivals and other noteworthy ways to fully enjoy the diverse country. Here are just... Read more

Luxury France Honeymoon Destinations: 6 Dream Regions

9th January 2018

When planning a luxury France honeymoon, many newlyweds feel a bit overwhelmed by the choices on offer. The truth is that the choice will always be a highly personal one, and there are no “right” answers. Whether you choose to focus on one marvellous French city or region or opt for a more ambitious tour of the country renowned for beauty and romance, the most important thing is to find ways to make the experience entirely unique, luxurious and unforgettable. Read on for 6 honeymoon destinations that we recommend, coupled with ideas for exceptionally romantic, private activities and evenings. Read more

Wine Tasting in Burgundy: 5 Mistakes Not to Make

13th December 2017

For wine enthusiasts, Burgundy often seems steeped in mystery: alluring, yet a bit daunting for the uninitiated. Unlike Bordeaux, with its lavish domains and chateaux at the centre of a wine-making and tasting culture that is at once prestigious and relatively easy to access, Burgundy is a French region where small-scale vineyards and family winemaking traditions stretching back hundreds of years tend to dominate. Some of the most remarkable cellars and vintners are all but inaccessible to the general public. What's more, the region counts a dizzying number of exceptional... Read more

The 5 Best Paris Perfume Shops & Bespoke Scentmakers

8th December 2017

When it comes to choosing a perfume, personality, individual tastes and even cherished memories from the past play a part in the kinds of scents that end up winning us over. After all, the faculty of smell is the most primal and subconscious: a sweet whiff of vanilla might bring you back to childhood memories of cake baking in the oven; the sensual, woody scent of Moroccan oud might lead you to recall a first love, or an unforgettable trip from decades past. For this reason, personalised and high-quality scents are invariably... Read more

Provence Food Tours: A Season-by-Season Guide

28th November 2017
a french market in Provence.

Travellers with gourmet inclinations and curious food lovers, take note: Provence offers year-round treasures for the palate. When the gastronomically inclined think of the French region, their minds tend to fill with the heady, rich flavours of olive oil and black truffle, or call up the delicate scent and taste of fresh lavender and saffron, both cultivated in the area. The diverse region, which stretches from rolling inland farmland and poetic, rocky landscapes to breathtaking coastlines, also offers a generous number of traditional gourmet... Read more

The Best Christmas Markets in France: 2017 Guide

22nd November 2017
Christmas decoration in the Loire Valley

During a winter getaway to France, little is more magical than the annual holiday markets that pop up in cities and towns around the country. Traditionally presenting as Alsatian or Alpine-style wooden chalets manned by local vendors and artisans peddling traditional gifts, gourmet specialities and decorations, they bring instant warmth and festive cheer wherever they appear. Their soft lights, delicious smells, and brightly coloured wares are hard to resist, especially on a brisk winter day. While most major cities and many towns old their own, there are a few... Read more

When Art & Wine Come Together

14th November 2017 The Latest News, Uncategorised 0
The Claire Basler's exhibition in Maison Jabot cellars

Until the 26th of November at the Maison Jadot in Beaune, come discover an original creative melding between art and wine. The incredible artist Claire Basler’s exhibition “A fleur de vigne” is being held in the cellars of Maison Louis Jadot. This exhibition in Burgundy brings floral designs against a backdrop of giant winemaking vats. Showing both poetry and sensitivity, the artist Claire Basler succeeds in bringing the beauty of nature alive with a stunning energy: one that makes viewers feel as if they’re diving right into the... Read more

Why Choose Tours by Locals For Your Luxury French Getaway?

13th November 2017
horse ride in the countryside of france

When planning a luxury getaway in France, it can be challenging to sift through all the options and decide who to entrust your holiday to. Is it savviest to hire the most well-known luxury tour company you've heard of, who offers packages and tours in destinations around the world and considered by many to be the "safest bet"? Is joining large guided tours a guarantee of quality, or will the crowded conditions take away too much from the experience, making your holiday standard and predictable rather than... Read more

The Most Breathtaking Loire Valley Castles to Visit

7th November 2017
The Chambord castle in the Loire Valley

Emblematic of France at its most Romantic, the Loire Valley is an essential stop for any traveler wishing to experience some of the country's most beautiful architecture and natural landscapes, not to mention superb wines. With its dozens of Renaissance-era chateaux dotted mostly along the breathtaking Loire and Cher Rivers-- themselves offering incredible opportunities for a luxury boat cruise and wild bird-watching tour--  the region is so precious that... Read more

Best Places for Tea & Pastries in Paris

25th October 2017
Pastries at angelina in Paris

When winter is right around the corner, there’s little more heartwarming than indulging in a cup of smooth hot chocolate, or letting yourself be tempted by a delicious French pastry in one of the city’s most beautiful tearooms. But we won’t encourage you to land just anywhere! Here are some of our very favourite addresses for sweet moments in the capital. These prestigious spots are Read more

Top Paris Museums With Luxury Amenities & Private Services

24th October 2017
Orsay Museum in Paris

As the reigning French capital of art and culture, it isn't surprising that Paris houses some of the world's best museums. From the Louvre to the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grand Palais, many of the year's most-attended exhibits-- and revered fine-art collections-- are held in Paris. Whether you wish to take in Degas' sublime pastel dancers, bask in Monet's water lilies or admire oddly beautiful, albeit alien, portraits from Modigliani, the city is a treasure... Read more

24 Hours of Luxury in Champagne

16th October 2017
wine cellar in France

When planning a luxury vacation in France that includes a stop in the acclaimed Champagne region, it can be challenging to decide what to focus on when your time is limited--  especially if you're visiting for only the day from nearby Paris. To home in on exceptional tastings of the pale golden, lightly effeverscent white wine, you have to be more discerning than most. After all, contrary to popular belief... Read more

Seeking Truffles in Burgundy

11th October 2017 The Latest News 0
A dog looking for truffes in Périgord

October marks the beginning of truffle season in France. This means that those few who are skilled in the fine art of unearthing the precious, deeply pungent and aromatic fungus from their hiding places in the ground are now hard at work, to the delight of all of us who can’t get enough of the gourmet stuff. This week, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail has a fascinating portrait of one of France’s expert truffle hunters— and the canine companion who helps sniff out the... Read more

Why to Choose Megève For a Luxury Ski Holiday

1st October 2017
Skiing in Megève in the Alps

Of all the genuinely prestigious ski stations and towns in the French Alps, Megève is probably the most charmingly understated-- even as it has long attracted wealthy ski enthusiasts and celebrities including Charles Aznavour and Pippa Middleton. While it enjoys slightly less global renown than ultra-glamorous, sleek Courchevel, the thinner crowds, rustic ambience, and high-quality après amenities in Megève appeal to travelers more interested in savoir-vivre than... Read more

Take a Vintage 2CV Tour of France

19th September 2017
France luwury tours - wine tour in 2cv vintage cars in Burgundy vineyards

For a luxury vacation in France that embodies retro chic, authenticity and relaxation, little beats an excursion in a vintage 2CV car. The iconic Citroen model, instantly recognisable by its bright colours and characteristic curved design, may not be easily be classed as a luxury car: when it was released in post World War II France, it gained popularity as one of the most accessible new vehicles on the market. It’s known in French as a “deux chevaux”– literally, “two horses” Read more

Top 5 Luxury Palace Hotels in Paris

11th September 2017
The terrace of a suite in the hotel Four Seasons in Paris

As a global center of art, fashion, high cuisine and architecture, it’s no surprise that Paris counts some of the world’s most sought-after luxury palace hotels. The term “palace” hotel has only been in official use since 2010, when the French government decided to award a small number of 5-star hotels the label as a mark of exceptional quality and prestige. We’ve selected 5 of these as our absolute favorites. Read more about our top 5 luxury palace hotels in Paris. If after reading, you’re tempted... Read more

Where to See Lavender in Provence

5th September 2017
france tours - Lavender in Provence

When you think of France’s Provence region, you may imagine driving or cycling past vast, bright fields of fragrant lavender, standing out in vibrant purple rows against a quaint Provencal farmhouse in old stone. This image is actually quite realistic: France has a long and rich history of lavender production that stretches back hundreds of years. The aromatic flowering plant, which is actually a member of the mint family, has been used since at least the medieval period to make traditional products from perfume and... Read more

The 5 Best Luxury Wine-Tasting Destinations Around Bordeaux

23rd August 2017
luxury wine tasting Bordeaux region, in yquem castel, grape picking of sauternes

The Bordeaux region is world-famous for its wines. If you’re a wine lover seeking to sample some of the world’s most exclusive vintages, a visit to the area and its prestigious domains should definitely be in your sights. Of course, certain wine-tasting destinations in the greater region stand out as truly exceptional: these are places sought out by oenology aficionados and amateurs alike, and where you can sample some of France’s most-prized bottles in an exclusive setting. Without further ado, here are our picks for the... Read more

The Ten Most Expensive Wines in the World

21st August 2017 The Latest News 0
Exclusive Burgundy tastings of expensive Chambertin wine.

You probably won’t be surprised that French wines are among the most highly praised and the most expensive in the world. Can you guess which French area tops the list? According to The Telegraph, seven of the 10 most expensive wines in the world are French. And they all hail from a single wine-making area: Burgundy! If you’re  interested in learning more, have a look here.  What makes Burgundy wines so coveted? They’re renowned wines produced in legendary “terroirs”– and they’re available only in very... Read more