11 Things to Know Before Visiting Marseilles 

Marseilles (photo: Fred Romero) Marseilles is the second largest city in France and one of the biggest port-cities in the Mediterranean. Many of us have some knowledge of Marseilles. The first thing that comes to mind is Alexandre Dumas and his world-famous novel “The Count of Monte-Cristo.” The main hero of the story was born in Marseilles, and it was the place of the legendary Chateau d’If. Another association is less pleasant. Marseilles is known as the …

The Apollo Gallery at the Louvre – Keep Calm and Wander

I have no doubt that Apollo Gallery is the most dazzling hall at Louvre Museum. Yes, if there’s one room at Louvre Museum that spells grandeur, it would be Galerie d’Apollon. This amazingly-decorated room is fit for a sun-god. From its walls to its ceiling Apollo Gallery shimmers in paintings, tapestries, jewels, gilded embellishments and statues. Its artistry is incredible and its craftsmanship is very detailed. As soon as you enter, there’s that feeling that you’re in one of the royal rooms of time’s past. In fact, this …

Le Domaine de La Millasserie – Gay Dorgogne Bed & Breakfast

La Millasserie, a gay-owned B&B with pool, is located in the heart of the Dordogne, the ancient province of the Perigord. Our spacious rooms offer a king-sized bed, dining table, comfortable chairs, and armoire and chest of drawers. Each room has an ensuite bath, private terrace, private entrance, and easy access to…

Everything You Need to Know About the Overseas Territories of France

This article focuses on the Territories of France. It is part of a 4-part series explaining current day situation of the remnants of the colonial empires of the early 20th Century, almost all of which are small islands scattered around the world. Other parts of the series will examine the status of Dutch, British and United States territories. At its peak in 1929, France held one of the world’s largest empires during the early 20th century controlling 12,898,000 km2 (4,980,000 sq mi), or 8.7% of the Earth’s land area. A full 72 countries have …

10 Perfectly Romantic Small Towns in Europe

Rethymno, Crete/iStock When it comes to European-style romance, Venice and Paris often hog the spotlight. And while no one disagrees that those cities are made for love and lovers, small-town Europe offers some of the best places to stroll, watch a sunset, or canoodle with your better half. Just…

5 Day Trips from Paris you HAVE to Take!

Anyone who’s ever been to Paris will know that it’s pretty much a rite of passage for first time travelers to venture out of the city’s famous périphérique at least once during their stay in the city of lights. Whether it be to a grand French Château, to search for authentic French food, or just a wander someplace close to nature, there’s a day trip for everyone! Here …

Paris Gay Scene (NSFW)

London, Tel Aviv, Madrid – we’ve explored some super hot gay scenes recently, and this week it’s Paris getting the Moovz treatment. In this new video, cute local Sylvain Poisson meets the movers and shakers of the French capital’s queer community and the Paris Gay Scene. The vid follows the presenter on a a wild night out. gay Parisian style. Watch as he takes in busy nightspots like Freedj Bar, Spirit of Star and the evidently very naughty Raidd Bar. Full Story at Gay Star News Paris Gay Travel Resources…

PHOTO: Monk at Chapel of the Grey Penitents in Avignon, France

Click on title to view photo in large format. The Chapel of the Grey Penitents was founded by pious King Louis VIII, as thanks for a successful campaign during the 1226 Siege of Avignon. The church gained fame in the 14th century, when Avignon, France was the seat of the Papacy. Following several days of heavy rain, the Sorgue and Rhône Rivers flooded the city. Members of the brotherhood set out in a boat to rescue the Blessed Sacrament, which …

The Famous Melons of Provence – Not Just for Breakfast Any More

I tilted my chin up and let the sunshine warm my face. Day after day in Provence brought crystal blue skies and fresh breezes that kept the sweltering summer heat at bay. I had come to southern France for its sunshine, but not for the same reason as most sun worshipers. What drew me were the famous Charentais melons of Provence. In addition to making me sigh with bliss, …

10 Unusual Things to do in Paris that Don’t Include the Eiffel Tower!

What do you think of when you think of Paris? Because I’m guessing that it’s probably the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées. And don’t get me wrong, these are all great places to visit and every first visitor to Paris should definitely climb the Eiffel Tower at least once… But what about when you’ve seen these locations? What then? Although they are all very beautiful places to see and visit, despite…

The best food and drink in Southern France

It’s no secret that France excels when it comes to food and drink. In fact, for many people (myself included) it’s one of the reasons I visit the land of fromage et pain. I knew I’d eat well throughout my recent journey to Southern France…I just didn’t know I’d discover new French favourites that I’ll The post The best food and drink in Southern

Fountainebleau – The Paris Day Trip You Must Take

Due to popular demand we’ve added one more Paris-related article to our recent series on the City of Light. This one is a day trip to Fontainebleau, our favorite nearby castle besides Versailles. In some ways, visiting Versailles during your trip to Paris has become so commonplace it borders on cliche…

The Lure of the Loire and the English Kings That Weren’t

The Loire Valley, France A red diamond sits atop a yellow poste, blazing the word tabac. A bread baskets lands on a red-chequered tablecloth, heralding the arrival of unruly lettuce and thick purple jam. This is France, in all her school textbook glory, throwing symbols like memories into the gym skirt recesses of my mind. Schooldays France Children who grew up in Britain in the 80s and 90s had to learn French: and they did so from …

Photo of the Moment: Sunset Over the Louvre, Paris

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