The word chateau rolls off the tongue with a flourish and conjures up images of stately French manor homes or grand castles set amid splendid manicured gardens out in the country. In some areas of France, especially Bordeaux, the word chateau can also be used in reference to a vineyard estate where wine is produced. The French chateaux, especially the larger and more ornate ones, are some of the most spectacular pieces of architecture in the world.
One of the best things about visiting the south of France is having the opportunity to savor the various foods and wines of the region. One of the most famous--and most delicious--traditional dishes of the Languedoc region is cassoulet, a slow-baked mixture of meat and beans with a rich history.
When you think of France, you might think of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and wine country. But France is actually home to some of the most beautiful, picturesque rivers and canals in the world, which wind through meadows, rolling hills, mountains and cities.
You've decided on a barge cruise with an overnight or two stay in Paris for your next vacation. How exciting! However, knowing what to pack and what to leave at home can seem like a formidable task. You want to be comfortable and chic at the same time, without overloading yourself with excess baggage. Packing doesn't have to be stressful. Below are a few tips on what to take (and what to leave at home):
Big or small, weekend or weekday, novice or serious antique dealer, you'll find treasures at the Parisian flea markets. The worlds largest antique market Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, commonly known as Les Puces (The Fleas), has fifteen markets offering everything from vintage and trendy clothing, to childrens toys, artistic works, and antiques. Stay on the Rue des Rosiers to stroll through the markets; perhaps an Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec print is waiting for you.