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Roussillon, Vaucluse

Roussillon is a tiny but a picturesque village of about 1300 residents.  It is famous for the rich deposits of ochre pigments, mostly red, yellow and orange,  found in the clay near the village. The large quarries of Roussillon were mined from the end of the 18th century until 1930. Roussillon is located within the […]

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Gordes

Second stop on the way to the Abbey is the village of Gordes.  We really happened upon it simply because of its spectacular and dominating hill-top presence.  Like most villages in this region, it has strong ties to the Roman empire.  First castle here was built in 1031 and the first abbey in 1148.  The […]

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Bagno Vignoni

Our last tourist stop on this trip is the ancient village of Bagno Vignoni located in the heart of Tuscany, in the Val d’Orcia Natural Park.   At the heart of the village instead of the usual piazza is the “Square of sources” – a huge hot springs pool dating back to the sixteenth-century.  This spot was […]

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Lucignano

Liciagnano is a remarkable preserved medieval walled village of about 3500 people.  It’s strategic high altitude and its location on the road between Sienna and Arezzo meant that between 1200 and 1500AD it was it was continually the subject of battles between these cities, involving also Florence and Perugia.  It is as beautiful as it is picturesque  and it […]

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Treis Karden

The drive here was simply put – hell.  Traffic, construction, delays, rain, you name it we had it.  It took us well over an hour longer than it was supposed to take.  However, when we got off the highway we were rewarded with sunshine, beautiful vistas and an amazing road.  This then made the effort […]

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Sunday Brunch

We are going out for brunch today, not the one filled with endless lines of chaffing dishes filled with food – we are thinking something more simple, less filling but equally as delicious.  Sunday Brunch is more like Parisian Breakfast and no one does this better than the French themselves.  We are not sure which of the […]

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Hotel au Lion

This is  our little hotel we stayed at in Ribeauvillé in Alsace France over the weekend.  After lowering the bar significantly in London at Hotel Dumpshire this was not only a well deserved and great treat but a nice surprise.  The hotel is located on a quiet square with a fountain just about in the middle […]

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Riquewihr France

The name of this little village of 1500 just rolls off your tongue – Riquewihr, Riquewihr, Riquewihr.  This little village is located about 5km from Ribeauvillé or 6km if you take the scenic route through the winding roads leading through the vineyards.  Riquewihr is an old wine trading village , famous for it architecture and for the Riesling and other great wines […]

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