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April 30, 2013 @ 1:01 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan

 

South France

Wild horses – Camargue – © Atout France/Pascal Gréboval

If you haven’t checked out France Today, I encourage you to do so.  What?  Go to another site?  No vainglorious attempt here on France Daily Photo to keep you all for ourselves!   France Today and French Entrée recently have ‘eloped’ and offer an ever-widening truckload of information about French travel, culture, property for sale, cuisine … well, all of those interesting things we love to explore.

Regional articles cover a broad range of geographic sites.  We see inside the mystique of the Camargue in the South of France, where fleur de sel vies for attention with fine rice, and exotic black cattle and white horses ‘own’ the land.  It’s an unspoiled natural preserve, endangered only by the fervent tourists who visit. 

Eastern France

Le Doubs near the birthplace of Gustave Courbet – ©Atout France/CRT Franche-Comté/J. Lhommée

Swoop to the Jura Mountains in the East, and you immerse yourself in yet another natural, forested French landscape.  Just east of Switzerland and north of one our favorite areas around Lake Annecy, the Le Doubs department is home to enchanting villages, winding waterways and appealing historic sites.  France Today beautifully profiles everything from the UNESCO World Heritage site in Arc-et-Senans to the ancient houses of Ornans on the Loue River, birthplace of Gustave Courbet and fortunate repository of many of his artistic landscapes.  And in France, is it any wonder that an artist would be drawn to landscapes?

Not to dwell, I encourage you to visit France Today for a wealth of information and a very pleasant journey through the landscape, cuisine and culture of France.

We’d love to hear from you!  swsheridan@francedailyphoto.com

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Avignon -Time to Splurge

April 29, 2013 @ 9:05 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Avignon France

The elegant Hotel d’Europe – Avignon

The thing about daydreams is you get to splurge. That’s what I have in mind for our long weekend in Avignon, one of our favorite ancient, walled cities. We happened to be there during the peak of the summer festival, so a calmer weekend in May will be ideal for really enjoying this historic site.

The long list of positive referrals would point us to Hôtel d’Europe for our lodging. Built as his residence by the Marquis de Graveson in 1580, this lovely five-star hotel enjoys a spectacular setting on one of Avignon’s most beautiful squares. In 1799 the Pierron’s founded the hotel, and in a testament to its fine lineage, Hotel Europe is the only Avignon hotel that appeared in Michelin’s first Guide in 1900.

We’re very much inclined toward mid-sized accommodations, as large hotels seem overwhelming and small gites a little too cozy. With 39 rooms and 5 suites, Hôtel d’Europe applies that deft French touch in low key elegance throughout the common (and not so ‘common’!) areas and spacious, beautifully-appointed guest rooms.

Provence

Explore Avignon and the Luberon region

Seasoned travelers in France and elsewhere know well, though, that décor and amenities can quickly be sullied with poor, haughty service. Not so at this hotel, where welcoming staff help you plan your days of exploring the historic city or the renowned Luberon countryside and welcome your return with a glass of wine at the handsome bar.

We’d love to hear from you! swsheridan@francedailyphoto.com

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Brunch in the Latin Quarter

April 28, 2013 @ 1:01 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Latin Quarter, Paris

Brunch on the terrace

Before we go explore all of those wonderful flower-laden gardens of Paris, let’s stop in for Sunday brunch at the Buisson Ardent at 25 rue Jussieu in the 5th arrondissement. The charming bistro is both warm and relaxing but with a surprising gastronomic flair – very personal and appealing.

The typically French cuisine has extra touches that enhance the presentation and taste equally. Can you resist – “green asparagus and St. George mushrooms in vinaigrette sauce” accompanied by a“spelt tabbouleh”? I didn’t think so.The professional staff mixes it up with top cuts of Normandy sirloin, filet of hog fish and white cheese with new onions. 

And then there are the fabulously inventive deserts – red fruit soup with a white chocolate cookie, tiramisu with strawberries, rhubarb and strawberry crumble and espresso cream, bitter chocolate ganache with a Brittany biscuit.

I’m starved!  See you at Noon?

Paris France

Latin Quarter – Le Buisson Ardent

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Les Fleurs de Paris

April 27, 2013 @ 10:59 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Paris gardens, France

Don’t you love the little red ‘rebel’?

Paris is always a good idea.  ~ Audrey Hepburn

Naturally, I’m with Audrey on this subject, and springtime is one of the very best seasons of Paris.  Step down through the Jardins du Trocadéro toward the Eiffel Tower, and all of the paths are lined with vivid floral bouquets.  Choose a bench along the Champ de Mars and enjoy the blaze of tulips and rose arbors and bright purple iris.  No doubt you can watch a busy game of petanque, while you are taking in the other sights.

Throughout the city, the onset of sunny days signals the rebuff of winter.  Flowers seem to decorate every corner, sneaking away from the well-manicured beds in the Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Plantes.  Even the restaurants along the broad and busy Champs Élysées set out colorful boxes of bright yellow daffodils to their appealing entries.

Paris restaurants

Welcoming daffodils

Step along the intimate little lanes of Ile Saint-Louis, and you’ll find the tiniest spaces devoted to flowers – even the grande globe of a hydrangea looks over a bicycle propped against the wall.  And just up there on the right is one of the most famous of all Parisian fleuristes – Patrick Allain.

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Along Ile Saint-Louis

Yes, Paris indeed is always a good idea, and the flowers simply add to everything else that makes Paris one of the most beguiling and beautiful cities in the world.

We’d love to hear from you!  swsheridan@francedailyphoto.com

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Paris bouquet France

Flowers for friends

France gardens

The Tuileries in Paris