Category Archives: France

Magical Nantes Christmas Market – Marché de Noël à Nantes

Christmas Markets in Nantes, France. Marché de Noël à Nantes.

The Christmas market – or Marché de Noël – is what attracted us to visit Nantes this December. Having moved to France earlier this year, I was determined to experience my first French Christmas properly! If I can’t be in New Zealand sipping sauvignon in the sunshine, I may as well grab a mug of mulled wine and […]

A Fairytale Christmas in France – Château de Crazannes

Inside the Chateau de Crazannes at Christmas

Apart from one fun but random Christmas spent in the Scottish highlands, most of my ‘holiday seasons’ have been spent in sunnier climes. Xmas to Kiwis means heading to the beach, bringing out the BBQ and enjoying long warm days. But as much as I love summer, Christmas traditions don’t have the same magic when it’s […]

France’s Most Beautiful Villages: Talmont-sur-Gironde

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Talmont-sur-Gironde

This post about the French village of Talmont-sur-Gironde is the first instalment in a series highlighting Les Plus Beaux Villages de France –  the most beautiful villages of France! In a country blessed with postcard-perfect villages, the coveted title of ‘most beautiful’ has been awarded to a select 155 villages (correct as at the time of writing). […]

Itinerary: Discovering the Île d’Oléron in a Day

Chassiron lighthouse, Oleron Island, France. Phare De Chassiron, Ile d'Oleron

Visiting Oléron Island has been high on my to-do list since we moved to France. An island that promised oodles of sunshine (it’s nicknamed “la lumineuse” for good reason!), colossal beaches, colourful towns and impressive historical sites. It’s no wonder then, that holidaymakers converge on the island in droves during the summer months in search of an idyllic […]

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