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Royal de Luxe Street Theater in Nantes in June

No apologies for another blog about Nantes; I’ve just come back from 3 days in what is a great city with plenty going on. It gets particularly exciting in June when the locals take to the streets to watch the … Continue reading

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The Voyage à Nantes Annual Festival

Every year Nantes holds its annual Voyage à Nantes festival. It’s become known as one of the most innovative in France, in keeping with a city which has reinvented itself with the spectacular Machines de l’Ile. The enormous Grand Elephant, … Continue reading

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Carcassonne Festival June 21st to August 3rd, 2014

The fortifications surrounding the wonderful medieval city of Carcassonne ring to a different note for the Carcassonne festival when the likes of Status Quo and the Jacksons, Vanessa Paradis and Massive Attack take to the stage. It’s a mighty impressive … Continue reading

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Avant! La Musica! The Annual Italian Festival at the Chateau of Amboise

From June 21st to July 20th, the Royal Château of Amboise puts on a series of events around Italy’s cultural wealth. It makes sense; Leonardo da Vinci arrived in Amboise in 1516, invited by the French King François I. He … Continue reading

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Les Nuits de Fourviere Festival in Lyon

Location, location, location…plays a major part in the pleasure of festival going, so the famous Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon has a head start. Performed in the Fourvière park high on a hill, the Roman surroundings and amphitheaters make the … Continue reading

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Marqueyssac Hanging Gardens in the Dordogne

As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, it’s time to plan the odd garden visit on a France trip. And there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re in the Dordogne, try to get to the Marqueyssac … Continue reading

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Cannes Film Festival, May 14th to May 25th, 2014

It’s just around the corner and the pace is hotting up in Cannes on the Côte d’Azur where everybody is preparing for the annual celebration of the great and the good in the international film world. It kicks off with … Continue reading

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Ooh la la! Quelle scandale! Where to see Picasso’s art

The opening of the refurbished Picasso museum in the Hôtel Salé in the Marais district in Paris, due to open in June (already delayed), is now slated to open in September. But don’t hold your breath. The museum has been … Continue reading

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Antibes Antiques Fair to May 5th 2014

Antibes, ideally located on the Cote d’Azur between Cannes with its famous film festival and Nice, is always buzzing with events. Currently filling the Port Vauban down by the sea is the prestigious annual Antiques and Art Fair, founded by the … Continue reading

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European Night of the Museum, Saturday May 17th 2014

Every year there’s one night when you can visit museums until 1am. This year it’s on Saturday May 17th. It was started in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and has proved wildly popular. And the museums … Continue reading

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