Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas in Provence is full of traditions both ancient and new, religious and secular, making it a fascinating and fun time to visit this part of France.  Provence is such a popular summertime destination that it might come as a surprise to find out that it’s also...
What is a Bûche de Noël?

What is a Bûche de Noël?

The Christmas meal in France, eaten on the evening of the 24th of December, wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t end with a delicious dessert of bûche de Noël, but what exactly is a bûche de Noël?  Literally translated bûche de Noël means Christmas log, and nowadays it...
Chocolate and France

Chocolate and France

Bonne année, bonne santé!  Traditional New Year’s greetings in France begin like this, wishing Happy New Year and good health, to be said each time you see someone for the first time in the year, throughout the month of January.  So I’m taking this...
Christmas markets in France

Christmas markets in France

Christmas markets in France are becoming more and more popular every year and yet when many people think of Christmas markets in Europe, France probably doesn’t even spring to mind. A quick internet search will throw up plenty of suggestions for Germany and Austria,...

All About France #11

It’s December!  Let the festivities begin!  Welcome to the Christmas edition of All About France the monthly link up all about France. If you’re a blogger and this is your first time you might want to find out what it’s all about here. If...
Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur is full of fun, often full of good weather and probably a great deal more festive than you might think. I’ve put together a round up of christmassy things to do and places to go on the French Riviera and nearby based purely on my...
Cruising the Danube

Cruising the Danube

At Christmas my parents found themselves in the unusual situation of all three of their children – me, my brother and sister – not spending the holidays with them.  We were all with our in-laws.  So rather than mope around at home missing us (!) they...
Snapshots of Strasbourg

Snapshots of Strasbourg

Happy New Year everyone!  Bonne année!  A new year, new beginnings, back to school today…and yet, I’ve still got one more christmassy post for you.  Indulge me!  I know most of you are probably done with the festivities, but technically it’s still...
A Nice Christmas

A Nice Christmas

As 2014 draws to a close and everybody is busy with the Holidays, I’ll leave you with some images of the magical Christmas illuminations in Nice.  The theme this year is Belle Epoque with a magnificent model of the casino on the old pier that used to sit off the...
Vin Chaud – a festive winter drink

Vin Chaud – a festive winter drink

There’s nothing more seasonal than vin chaud – a festive winter drink.  This delicious hot spicy wine is served at Christmas markets and bars all over France during the winter. The smells of cinnamon, orange, cloves and star anise mixed with pungent red...
A French family Christmas

A French family Christmas

Today I’m participating in a series about Christmas around the world with my blogging friends at Multicultural Kids Blogs so it seemed a good time to tell you about how my French family celebrates. My first French Christmas was in 1997 pre-children and...
Lucéram The Christmas Village

Lucéram The Christmas Village

In our quest to get into the Christmas spirit, we recently spent a day in Lucéram, a pretty medieval hill village north of Nice and less than an hour from Lou Messugo.  Why? Because it comes alive in December with its “Circuit des Crèches”.  Literally...
A Vintage Christmas Market

A Vintage Christmas Market

It’s Christmas market season and the Côte d’Azur has its fair share of them from the tacky to the sublime but last Sunday I reckon we found one of the best.  Our neighbouring village, Le Rouret, is only small but its market has been growing in popularity...
Thirteen desserts:  Christmas in Provence

Thirteen desserts: Christmas in Provence

Christmas is a time for traditions and while France probably doesn’t spring to mind immediately when thinking about the festive period and its traditions, there are plenty here.  And even more so, plenty in the South which surprised me when I first moved to the Côte...

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