Posts made in March, 2013

Poisson d’avril

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Poisson d’avril

On April 1, people all over the world play practical jokes on each other – hence the name April Fools Day. In France however, it’s all about fish. Children carefully cut out paper fish and tape them on their unsuspecting friend’s backs. When I was a child – the ultimate poisson d’avril was surreptitiously taping a fish on the teacher’s back. Why fish? The tradition goes back to the 16th Century when gifts were often in the form of food. As April 1 was usually during lent when eating meat was forbidden for Christians, fish was omnipresent. When the concept of practical jokes started, one of the most common was offering fake fish. Of course, the French have elevated this wonderful day of pranks and fun to high gastronomy. The displays in the pâtisseries and chocolatier windows are breathtaking. Large poissons, tiny poissons, dark chocolate, white chocolate, marzipan – you name it – there are all manner of poissons! In the fall, when we lead our wonderful A Castle in Provence tours, the displays are equally as breathtaking but in the meantime, happy poisson...

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O! France – Unique, Authentique, Magnifique!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in News | 2 comments

O! France – Unique, Authentique, Magnifique!

With over 20 years of travel, wining and dining in France, we have created unique, memorable and authentic experiences for our guests. Find out more about O! France and our fun approach to visiting the storied regions of Provence and the Dordogne. We stay in castles and classified historical buildings. Our guests are the nicest people who share a spirit of adventure, a curiosity for history, an appreciation for art, an interest in different cultures, and of course a love of food and wine. We like a relaxed pace and some down time, but nightly dinners at home sharing stories around the dining room table are a highlight. We explore towns and villages on our own but  enjoy learning about historical buildings and 40,000 year old cave art from historians and archaeologists. We grab a bite from a paella stand at a Provençal market or savour a three course meal in a restaurant cantilevered over a rushing river. We enjoy wines in renowned winery tasting rooms or quaff chilled rosé by the pool. The possibilities are endless and the trips unforgettable. Hopefully, we have piqued your interest. Visit us often and you will learn fun historical facts, discover unique festivals, find out about upcoming events, get helpful travel tips and learn all about what has made these spectacular regions so...

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Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in FrontPicture | 0 comments

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