Browsing Category

France

France, Travels

A Dozen Things to Do in Toulouse, part II

Toulouse, La Ville Rose, with its softly glowing pinkish architecture, hipster-filled Universities and ancient monasteries may lose to its northern competitor Paris, or, to its southern opponent Riviera, in tourist popularity – but maybe this is for the best, as when you do visit Toulouse, you get the feeling that you are being let in on a secret.

Here are a dozen things why you should visit Toulouse!

Continue Reading…

France, Travels

A Dozen Things to Do in Toulouse – part I

Toulouse, La Ville Rose, with its softly glowing pinkish architecture, hipster-filled Universities and ancient monasteries may lose to its northern competitor Paris, or, to its southern opponent Riviera, in tourist popularity – but maybe this is for the best, as when you do visit Toulouse, you get the feeling that you are being let in on a secret.

Here are a dozen things why you should visit Toulouse!

Continue Reading…

France, Travels

Chambres d’Hôtes d’Arquier, Vigoulet-Auzil

As I approach Chambres d’Hôtes d’Arquier, near Toulouse, I get the feeling that I am floating in a dream. The rays of an early autumn sun sieve through the branches of trees aligning a gravel road leading to a countryside mansion. Apart from the sound of slight wind rustling the leaves and the gravel shifting under my feet, no sound is to be heard. A flock of birds flutter in the air, and I start to understand why so many people fall in love with the French countryside.

Continue Reading…

France, Travels

WELCOME HÔTEL, VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER

When I drive along the Promenade des Anglaises, a Nice coastline boulevard where already the Victorians used to stroll, and past Nice’s old town and a small harbour area towards the next cove, it feels like all the colours of Côte d’Azur from refine yellow to refreshing blue whizz past the corners of my eye in one, continuous flux.

Then I take a turn away from the coastline, a few twists to a steep decline towards the sea again, and I have arrived in a paradise inside a paradise; this is Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Continue Reading…