Hot Air Balloon Rides Above the Loire Valley
Sunday December 30th 2012, 5:08 pm
Filed under: Loire Valley,travel and places,travel tip

I took a hot air balloon ride in Sedona, Arizona several years ago. It was a mind-blowing experience because of the beauty of the region, the unique vantage point from the air and the feeling of taking part in a fresh, new adventure. I’ve been wanting to do the same again but in the Loire Valley above all the most impressive châteaux de la Loire. I found a company that offers this!
Tél. : 02 47 52 28 35
Port : 06 65 77 52 81

I will hopefully write a blog post about it…

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A Day in the Life in Annecy (video)
Tuesday September 18th 2012, 3:59 pm
Filed under: a day in the life,daily life,nature,Rhône-Alpes,travel and places,video

There are so many gorgeous places in France, it’s hard for us to see all of them – especially if we keep returning to one place. We can’t help it. We find ourselves going back often to Annecy and its surrounding areas. We sat by the lake and I turned on my camera to capture the moment.

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Random Photo: Dessert in Dijon
Friday August 05th 2011, 6:27 pm
Filed under: daily life,food and drinks,photos,travel and places

dessert in dijon france
Portions are undoubtedly getting bigger in France. This dessert is so huge you have to eat it with an ice cream scoop.

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Hidden Gems: Nolay France (Burgundy) and Le Thé dans la Vigne

We’ve passed by a little village called Nolay dozens of times without stopping on our way from our house to Beaune. The place seemed unremarkable on the surface but we finally decided to visit it one day to check out the antiques stores on the main road.
nolay france antiques store bourgogne burgundy
As usual and luckily, we wandered around while we were there.
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It turns out that Nolay is awesome.
nolay france bourgogne burgundy
Most people who’ve been here would cite the beautiful, arcaded central market place, which dates back to the 14th century.
nolay france arcaded central marketplace bourgogne burgundy
The roof is made of limestone (weighing 800 kg/1800 lbs per square meter) and the frame holds everything together with chestnut wood beams.
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But to me, the salon de thé right next to the central market place, La Thé dans la Vigne, is Nolay’s real gem.
nolay france le the dans la vigne salon de the bourgogne burgundy
With delicious home made desserts, light fare meals, fine wines,
nolay france le the dans la vigne salon de the bourgogne burgundy
an adorable, sweet and hospitable owner (Sylvie Blanchard),
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eclectic quirky French decor,
nolay france le the dans la vigne salon de the bourgogne burgundy
antique books and newspapers in French and English. antique dishware and silverware and housed in a a building that dates back to 1810, you will only feel comfortable and happy in such a warm, cozy place.
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Everything we ordered was tasty and since we couldn’t decide which dessert to have, our kind hostess prepared a plate with everything on it, including a bowl of her whisky infused fruit – the latter being delicious but crazy potent!

Le Thé dans la Vigne
8, place des Halles 21340 Nolay France
Télephone :+33 (0)3 80 26 87 31
Open 10:30am to 9:30pm during warm months Tuesday to Sunday. Closed November 30 to April 1. Reservations recommended.

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A Day in the Life in Saint Remy de Provence (video)
Thursday June 23rd 2011, 10:16 am
Filed under: a day in the life,music,Provence,tips,travel and places,travel tip,video

Be sure to visit Saint Remy de Provence on Wednesdays. That’s when they have a huge outdoor market until about 1pm. The streets are lined with vendors selling food, arts and crafts, linens, jewelry, leather goods, candy, junk, etc., and there are lots of street musicians. I loved this excellent duo, although I couldn’t understand what the guy was singing.

Please support street musicians!

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