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To Market To Market

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in News | 0 comments

To Market To Market

Markets in Provence are much more than a shopping experience. Part social, cultural, artisanal and agricultural – they are a microcosm of Provençal society. They reflect the change of the seasons and the mood of each town and village and are a unique way to discover, explore and understand the Provençal way of life. During our Provence weeks, we take the time to savour the distinct personalities of each town through its markets: the sophistication of Aix-en-Provence and its beautiful Thursday flower market, the beauty of...

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To Market to Market…

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in News | 0 comments

To Market to Market…

Markets in Provence are much more than a shopping experience. Part social, cultural, artisanal and agricultural – they are a microcosm of Provençal society. They reflect the change of the seasons and the mood of each town and village and are a unique way to discover, explore and understand the Provençal way of life. During our Provence weeks, we take the time to savour the distinct personalities of each town through its markets: the sophistication of Aix-en-Provence and its beautiful Thursday flower market, the beauty of...

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Follow the Flock

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Follow the Flock

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep…. Not really. First of all, the sheep are definitely not lost – we know where to find them: In the Alps, the Pyrenees, the South West, and of course Provence. Each year, around the end of May and beginning of June, transhumance takes place.  Transhumance is a Latin term where ‘trans’ means across and ‘humus’ means ground. The herders and their flocks travel to higher pastures in the spring. France loves celebrations and festivals, and a few thousand sheep crossing towns and villages is surely cause for a...

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A Provençal Valentine

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in News | 0 comments

A Provençal Valentine

As befits Provence where everything is always a little over the top, the lovely town of Aix-en-Provence has managed to upgrade Valentine’s Day by tweaking it a bit and making it last a month! The Aix Tourist Office is announcing an impressive range of promotional options and activities ranging from discounted five star accommodations to a special deal at a local bowling alley! From the moment you arrive, you can benefit from a special taxi rate as you make your way to your choice of luxury hotels, charming inns and quaint bed &...

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Blog – Lavender Fields Forever

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Blog – Lavender Fields Forever

June is, without a doubt, one of the loveliest months of the year. Things have finally started to warm up and we’re able to shed our winter layers without fear that there may be another cold snap around the corner. Should you truly want to experience June in all its splendour, you’d be wise to make your way to Provence as not only does the month mark the start of summer but the beginning of lavender season as well. There is nothing quite like a field full of lavender: the unbelievable smell, the vivid colours, the fields that appear to have...

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Les ponts de mai

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Les ponts de mai

The French have a reputation for being very good at what they do. Wine, cheese, political scandals…they really seemed to have cornered the market. One thing that this country of bon vivants seems especially wonderful at is enjoying time off. Notorious for its generous vacation time, France is a country that appreciates holidays. While the rest of us spend the month of May hoping for summer to finally show its face, the French are sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying three public holidays (and the time off that comes with them). Not only do...

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Le fromage

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Le fromage

They say there are over 324 different cheeses in France – the number differs according to the source. Suffice it to say that there is a lot of French cheese and it is really only over the past 50 years or so, when travel to France became more accessible to us common folk that we have had the opportunity to discover all those marvellous local specialties. Cheese is so important to the French that many of them have the AOC designation. AOC stands for Appellation d’origine contrôlée, a  French certification that imposes a regionally specific...

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La galette des rois

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in News | 0 comments

La galette des rois

January 6 is the Epiphany, and in France, it is traditionally celebrated with a galette des rois, a scrumptious flaky almond cake with a bean or a tiny figurine (depending on where you celebrate) baked into the cake. In Provence, a santon – a small terracotta figurine depicting various figures of village life – is used. The person who finds the figurine in his or her slice of cake becomes king or queen for the day. I have read that in the French court during one of the Louis’ reign, whoever got the bean or figurine was allowed, as king...

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8 Reasons to travel with O! France small groups

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in News | 0 comments

8 Reasons to travel with O! France small groups

  1.  Enjoy the experience – without the hassles 2.  Discover places not accessible to large groups 3.  Stay in your very own castle – all week 4.  Explore our quiet village – no tour buses allowed 5.  Make new friends – they chose the tour cause they liked it too 6.  Benefit from expert guidance without ever “following the guide” 7.  Slow down – only one destination each day 8.  Wine and dine – gourmet dinners and fine wines  ...

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Facebook – Love it or Leave it?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Facebook – Love it or Leave it?

O! France now has a Facebook page. Past and future guests were clamouring for photos taken while we lead our great groups through two of the most beautiful places in France: the Dordogne and Provence, and Facebook seems like the ideal venue to post these for all to enjoy. However, reaction has been interesting and quite polarised. It must be said that there is a negative side to Facebook and that it has been misused with in some cases, tragic results. Some have told me they cannot condone this and will not support it. Others want to relive...

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