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Arles: soul penetrating light that charmed Van Gogh and now fires up the contemporary art world

Arles: soul penetrating light that charmed Van Gogh and now fires up the contemporary art world

Art feeds mythology, and mythology stirs art. For half a century, the world's best photographers descended each summer upon Arles, but not in 2020 as like most group gatherings in ...
Rosé wine: the fresh and fragrant taste of summer all year round

Rosé wine: the fresh and fragrant taste of summer all year round

Provence in the South of France is famous for sprawling purple fields of lavender and for the pink-hued rosé wine. The fragrant herb assists to a relaxing sleep, while the ...
Le Cabanon: bohemian beach dining near Monaco

Le Cabanon: bohemian beach dining near Monaco

Shaded by the low parasols of mulberry trees, Le Cabanon epitomises the bon vivant lifestyle in the Mediterranean. Not just in the summer, but after the berries ripen into their darkest, ...
Dior des Lices: chic garden dining and life music in St Tropez

Dior des Lices: chic garden dining and life music in St Tropez

Dior des Lices is the verdant crown of polished hedonism in St Tropez. Envisioned by the multi-Michelin French chef Yanick Alléno of the Pavillon Le Doyen in Paris, and by ...
Tropicana La Plage: Tarte Tropezienne on the Pampelonne beach serves the best live music around St Tropez

Tropicana La Plage: Tarte Tropezienne on the Pampelonne beach serves the best live music around St Tropez

Tropicana La Plage brings the authentic beach spirit of St Tropez to the new, eco-conscious millennium. Rejuvenating the highly commercialised beach, meant going more upscale, moving some structures further inland ...
Semilla: buzzing market cuisine for locavore foodies in Saint Germain

Semilla: buzzing market cuisine for locavore foodies in Saint Germain

Semilla fills an authentic yet contemporarily-aligned french niche in Saint Germain created by the expats and tourists flocking into Cafe Flore, Brasserie Lipp et al. This millennial Parisian bistro has ...
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Best bakeries in Paris: best traditional bread, organic loaf from ancient grains, baguette, croissant and pain au chocolat

Long comme un jour sans pain, long as a day without bread, the idiomatic French saying captures what along with butter and cheese, well might be a true national dish ...
Best tea rooms NOW in Paris

Best tea rooms NOW in Paris

Paris tea culture has evolved tremendously over the past twenty years since I visited the enchanting French capital for the first time. Beyond the established commercial giants and the 'historic' ...
Silvacane Abbey: one of the three Cisterian treasures in Provence invites culture in

Silvacane Abbey: one of the three Cisterian treasures in Provence invites culture in

I reached the Silvacane Abbey on the spur of aesthetic and spiritual curiosity. After being intrigued by the island monks habitat on an island in the Mediterranean this summer, I craved ...

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