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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This morning at 8:00 am sharp Lotta, Astrid and me set off for a lazy walk to the next village to pick up the cars we left at the Loe Fuchs Winery last night. The sun was out the river almost sill, truly a beautiful morning.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On the way to Chateau de Meursault, the next winery on the list, we stopped at a typical French village to visit another bakery, for more break and pastries and to take a bit of a break after the wine tasting. Quaint, quiet and beautiful. Serenity now.
After a bit of fun and exploration we sat down for a piece of traditional plum cake and a cup of coffee in the village just below the castle. Great atmosphere, great views and beautiful weather.