Palais Bourbon in Paris

18 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© ZeusUpsistos/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Palais Bourbon is the meeting place of the National Assembly, the lower legislative chamber of the French Parliament. It is in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, on the Rive Gauche of the Seine across from the Place de la Concorde.   read more…

Fontenay-le-Comte in the Pays de la Loire

13 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Château de Terre Neuve © Gdf85/cc-by-sa-3.0

Château de Terre Neuve © Gdf85/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fontenay-le-Comte (Poitevin: Funtenaes or Fintenè) is a commune and subprefecture in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region of Western France. In 2018, it had a population of 13,302, while its functional area had a population of 41,273. The river Vendée flows through the town. The town has an area of 34 km² (13 sq mi).   read more…

Sainte-Rose on Guadeloupe

5 July 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  3 minutes

Town Hall © KoS/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town Hall © KoS/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sainte-Rose (Guadeloupean Creole: Sentwòz) is a commune in the department of Guadeloupe. It is the second largest commune of Guadeloupe, in terms of area, after Petit-Bourg. Sainte-Rose lies on the coast of the island of Basse-Terre.   read more…

Castres in Occitania

13 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

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© Vanbasten 23/cc-by-sa-3.0

Castres (Castras in the Languedocian dialect of Occitan) is the sole subprefecture of the Tarn department in the Occitanie region in Southern France. It lies in the former province of Languedoc, although not in the former region of Languedoc-Roussillon. In 2018, the commune had a population of 41,795.   read more…

Eurosatory

10 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  4 minutes

Caiman TTH NHIndustries NH90 © Copyleft/cc-by-sa-3.0

Caiman TTH NHIndustries NH90 © Copyleft/cc-by-sa-3.0

Eurosatory is the largest international exhibition for land and air-land defence and security. It is held every two years in the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France. In 2022, it gathered over 1,700 exhibitors and approximately 62,000 visitors from 150 countries. It is organized by COGES. Attendance and participation at the exhibition is reserved for professionals only. This year it will take place from 17-21 June 2024.   read more…

Pullman Hotels and Resorts

20 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  8 minutes

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com - International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com – International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Hotels and Resorts is a French multinational upscale hotel brand owned by Accor. Pullman has 145 hotels and resorts in 42 countries spread across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Oceania.   read more…

Saint-Émilion in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

10 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Émilion (Gascon: Sent Milion) is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in Southwestern France. In the heart of the country of Libournais (the area around Libourne), in a region of wine hills, Saint-Émilion is a medieval city located at the crossroads of Bordeaux, Saintonge and Périgord. The town and surrounding vineyards was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, owing to its long, living history of wine-making, Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets.   read more…

The tall ship Belem and the 2024 Summer Olympics torch relay

1 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Tall ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  11 minutes

in La Rochelle © Pascalou petit/cc-by-sa-3.0

in La Rochelle, France © Pascalou petit/cc-by-sa-3.0

Belem is a three-masted barque from France. She made her maiden voyage as a cargo ship in 1896, transporting sugar from the West Indies, cocoa, and coffee from Brazil and French Guiana to Nantes, France.   read more…

Salade niçoise

28 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Bon appétit, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Denkhenk/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Denkhenk/cc-by-sa-3.0

Salade niçoise (Occitan: salada niçarda, or salada nissarda in the Niçard dialect; Italian: insalata nizzarda) is a salad that allegedly originated in the French city of Nice. However, there is no source evidence for this view; the oldest known recipes come from Paris. It is traditionally made of tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives and anchovies or tuna, dressed with olive oil, or in some historical versions, a vinaigrette. It has been popular worldwide since the early 20th century, and has been prepared and discussed by many chefs. Delia Smith called it “one of the best combinations of salad ingredients ever invented” and Gordon Ramsay said that “it must be the finest summer salad of all”.   read more…

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