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Saint-Antonin Noble Val – Visitez!

August 3, 2017 @ 2:29 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan

Saint Antonin Noble Val – stunning landscape!

I recently discovered a must-visit medieval village for our next adventure in France. Just an hour north of Toulouse, Saint-Antonin Noble Val enjoys a spectacular setting and abundant activities at the confluence of the Aveyron and Bonnette rivers in Southwest France.

And I’ve found an ideal chambre d’hôte from which to explore – the very appealing La Résidence. In a comfortable blend of elegant antiques, charming architecture and contemporary convenience; the hosts offer an enticing atmosphere in which to enjoy their hospitality. The deluxe room not only includes breakfast but a private roof terrace overlooking the garden and terracotta rooftops of the ancient village at a reasonable 80 to 110 Euros per night.

Beyond exploring the marketplace and artisan shops of the village, the scenic, gorge-laced countryside begs to be discovered in casual walks, by bicycle, kayak or canoe. La Résidence looks so relaxing, I would almost be tempted to simply while away time and stroll through the village.

La Residence Garden, France

La Residence garden

Many of the streets and buildings of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val date to the 12th century and include the medieval market hall and the belfry-adorned Town Hall that is said to be the oldest of all French civil buildings. Not surprisingly, the extraordinary historic town was one of many stopping points along the renowned pilgrimage path to Santiago de Compostela. If you’ve seen the Cate Blanchett film – Charlotte Gray – you already will have some familiarity with the village, where the movie was shot.

Steeped as we are right now in the blazing heat of Florida, I can’t imagine a more enticing escape – equally restful, stimulating and filled with charm, history and astounding natural beauty.

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French Bed & Breakfast Resource

May 4, 2013 @ 10:42 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Southwest France

Castell Rose Bed & Breakfast

Just one of the benefits we try to offer through France Daily Photo is locating and evaluating helpful travel resources. We recently encountered a new website that focuses on Bed and Breakfast accommodations in France. After spending way too much time combing through Samedi Midi – The Best Bed and Breakfast France, we think it has some very nice attributes to assist your lodging hunt.

At the top of the list are the well-organized categories. Many, like us, seek different travel experiences, mixing up city sojourns with lazy, out-of-the-way ‘lost weekends’. We often scale back the budget in one location to help underwrite a more lavish encounter in the next.

Samedi serves two purposes quite well – offering a central promotional site for bed and breakfast and guest houses and an informational resource for travelers in search of unique accommodations. Since 1982, the organization has organized lodgings into 14 themed paperback guidebooks, sorted by French regions, by lifestyle choices, by city and village, by luxury and gastronomy – you name it, and you have a host of choices to meet your particular desire.

Prades France

B&B views over the Pyrenees

From Provence to the Pyrénées and from Brittany to Burgundy, Samedi Midi has pulled together some exceptional lodging selections. We’ll leave it to you to wander through their site, but here is just one example that appealed to us – from Bed and Breakfasts in the Most Beautiful Villages in France.

Tucked away in the small village of Prades in the South of France, Castell Rose is one of those ideal ‘home away from home’ choices. Pleasant hospitality combines with very comfortable room selections and exceptional views.

For the traveler on the go, the well-equipped laundry and notebook computer are welcome amenities. Though the lovely garden setting allows genuine tranquility, the town of Prades is an easy, ten-minute walk; and four of the regions “Most Beautiful Villages” are within a few kilometers.

southwest france

Romanesque Marcevol Priory

You can mix a day of poolside lounging or reading a book under the lime tree with a day of exploration – horseback riding around the Pyrénées near the Canigou, sacred mountain of the Catalans, or discovering churches and priories like the stunning Romanesque Marcevol. Another day you might visit the beautiful village of Mosset, that is reminiscent of Gordes, poised on a hilltop overlooking the valley. All of those lovely mountain and village experiences are just 25 minutes from Perpignan.

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

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More Resources About France

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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Montmorillon – Carnival and More

March 12, 2013 @ 1:43 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan

 

Montmorillon on the Gartempe River, France

Eglise Notre Dame, Montmorillon

Tucked away in the Poitou-Charentes region, the riverside town of Montmorillon is one of those pleasant getaway places, where history, charm and natural beauty complement one another. They call it La Cité de l’Ecrit made obvious by the twenty-odd shops focused on writing – booksellers, calligraphers and others devoted to the art of writing.

The medieval history of Montmorillon also comes to light in noted buildings like the Octogone, the Maison Dieu and Saint-Laurent chapel, Notre-Dame church and the Vieux Palais. Add scenic vistas along the Gartempe River, and you have a very pleasant village to explore.

Now is a popular time to visit, as the Carnival of Montmorillon takes place on Saturday, March 16. Children will gather for face painting, young and old will fill the streets and don their fanciful costumes in accordance with the ‘two-color’ theme of the festivities.

Poitou Charentes France

The wilder side of the Gartempe River

Music, parades, dancing and animations will keep the lively pace going. We have been fortunate enough to enjoy such celebrations in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon and easily can attest to the ability of the French to throw exceptional parties!

And when you’ve exhausted your carnival spirit, you have a number of historic and archeological finds to explore. As recently as 1966, extensive excavations revealed a host of archaeological remains – tools made of bone, wildlife remains, thousands of flints and more. Scientists believe a small community of hunters gathered here to spend a few weeks a year at the foot of the cliff. Perhaps you should end your day with a cool drink of wine by the river.

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

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