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From the perched villages to the mighty castles to the seemingly endless vineyards with grapes ripe and inviting, France has wonders for every walker’s interest.

The quaint stone villages speak to centuries long gone when only the hillsides were able to alert people to the threat of attack. The cobblestone streets through the villages whisper to you of the artists and authors who resided and depicted these fields and hills just as when they too beheld them.

The mighty castles not only give you a firsthand view of French aristocracy and the courts of Louis XIV, but as you walk down the carriage paths between villages and chateaux with woods as far as your eye can see, you truly understand the opulence and verdant attraction this area had then as today.

For all the would be sommeliers, the Dordogne region is beckoning – ample time for fun stories and tales of the rich history in the rolling hills as you make your way from vineyard and castle to fortress and vineyard. Or the person who really enjoys preparing good food, try our taste of cooking trip, a wonderful way to be able to take it all home with you.

A winter trip to France, what a great way to spend a long weekend, discovering the secrets of the truffle!   After this adventure, maybe a few days in Paris or London. Plutarch believed they were mud cooked by lightning, Juvenal that they were the product of thunder and rain, and Pliny that they were nature’s […]

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If you have never been to this area of South West France, you are in for a treat. Rich in history and charm, there are sandy shorelines, with a background of beautiful mountains. You will enjoy interesting and beautiful walks, but as always, have time to relax over a good meal with a glass of […]

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This takes place in the heart of the Dordogne in a beautiful eighteenth century chateau, with a two night visit to the wonders of the Quercy, a region steeped in gastronomic tradition and the home of your hosts, James and Diana Tamlyn. French chefs will seduce you with ideas from haute cuisine to nouvelle cuisine. […]

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This is an area of France rich with culture and history. It is an area full of extraordinary valley-dominant chateaux, caverns measureless to man and a gastronomy that rates as the roots of the greatness of French cooking. It lies between the Loire Valley and the High Pyrenees and is named after the great river […]

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This area of south west France, known as the ‘Quercy’, just south of the Dordogne, was given by Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henri d’Anjou in 1152, two years before he became Henry II of England, and its beauty and timelessness has changed little since. In addition, it is still known today as being the gastronomic […]

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