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Henri Matisse at Tate Modern and in the South of France

With the opening of the blockbuster exhibition at London’s Tate Modern: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs which runs until September 7th, everybody is once again Matisse-mad.  So why not continue the Matisse theme with a trip to places in France associated … Continue reading

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Dordogne International Jazz Summer School 2014

Learn to play jazz in a great atmosphere at the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School, held yearly in the 12th century Chateau de Monteton. Led by pianist and composer Andrea Vicari, it’s a week of complete immersion in jazz and … Continue reading

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Normandy Bed and Breakfasts with a D-Day Landing Beach Theme

Real enthusiasts of the Longest Day, June 6th, 1944, can take their enthusiasm to bed with them at any of four bed and breakfasts in Normandy with a D-Day landing theme or connection. Perhaps La Ferme de Riou, just 1.5kms … Continue reading

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The New Green Corridor in Nice

Nice has a new attraction–a Green Corridor (Corridor vert) that runs from the  fabulous Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) to the famous Promenade des Anglais. It opened in November but is only now, with the warm weather … Continue reading

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Brittany offers a new no-frills, economy ferry service

  Brittany Ferries has just launched a new economy, no-frills service on its Portsmouth to Santander (weekends only) and Portsmouth Le Havre (Tuesday-Friday) routes. The company has just hooked up with the shipping company that owns Etretat, a freighter with … Continue reading

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Shigeru Ban, the architect of the Pompidou Metz Center, wins the top architectural prize

The highest award for architecture, the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, was won last week by Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year old architect working in Tokyo, Paris and New York. He’s an extraordinary designer, a superb architect who has used his … Continue reading

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Walk with The Wayfarers on the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches

The Wayfarers, an independent specialist walking company, has a great 6-night, 7-day walk for people interested in Brittany, Normandy and the D-Day Landing  Beaches. The two dates for this particular walk are June 8th to June 14th and September 14th to … Continue reading

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Visit the Paris Studio of Yves Saint Laurent

The film, Yves Saint Laurent, about the life of one of the world’s most famous fashion designers and his relationship with his lover and business partner Pierre Bergé, has just appeared in the U.K. It’s due to be shown in … Continue reading

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The World Turned Upside Down in Marseille

Immerse yourself in the world of the carnival at the latest exhibition at MuCEM, Marseille’s Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean which opened in 2013 when Marseille was one of the European Capitals of Culture. On the … Continue reading

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The World of Creation at the Château du Clos Lucé of Leonardo da Vinci

France – China: Dialogue of Excellence Every year the Château du Clos Lucé at Amboise in the Loire Valley puts on an exhibition around artists and craftsmen. It celebrates the work of people from gilders to lithographers, from gold thread … Continue reading

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