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O! France for Foodies – Part 2

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in News | 0 comments

O! France for Foodies – Part 2

In a little over a month, this is what lunch will look like. A veritable tableau of artistically displayed fresh local ingredients. Almost to pretty to eat isn’t it?  This will be enjoyed after a morning at a colourful Provençal market. We will be sitting in a shady corner of a small café overlooking the ochre-red hills of Roussillon, a picturesque hilltop village a few minutes from the Château de Goult, our home for the week in Provence. Of course, a bottle of chilled rosé from a neighbouring vineyard, most probably Domaine...

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O! France for Foodies

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

O! France for Foodies

We are a mere two months away from our annual O! France experiences: One fabulous week in the historical Dordogne and one memorable week in picture perfect Provence. At this point in our planning process we are finalising delicious dinner menus with our chefs, Nella and Djamila. These special ladies create memorable meals for us each night using only the freshest seasonal organic products. This year, our trips take place in the fall, and today, let me present a taste of the autumnal Dordogne. It is said that if a Frenchman’s heart lives...

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Lily of the Valley on Labour Day

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Lily of the Valley on Labour Day

In France, Labour Day – la Fête des travailleurs – is on May 1st. How does one celebrate Labour Day in France? Why by giving and receiving sprigs of Lily of the Valley of course, or even better, by offering chocolates decorated with this harbinger of spring. Lily of the Valley has symbolised spring since the Middle Ages. King Charles IX , having received a sprig as a good luck charm on the first of May in 1561, decided to offer this delicate flower to the ladies of the Court on May 1 each year. In Paris, at the beginning of the...

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Comicon in Provence

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Comicon in Provence

Where else but in Provence does a Comic Book Convention last a whole 3 months! Remember, this is the land of the one month vacation and multiple four-day weekends. When the French see a good thing, they make sure to take time to en profiter pleinement (to take full advantage and enjoy). The 10th Annual Rencontres du 9è Art – Meetings of the 9th Art – started in March and will last through May. Yes, Comic Books have been added to the official list of the 9 Arts that include Architecture, Scuplture, Painting, Dance, Music, Poetry, Cinema,...

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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....

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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...

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