Dijon – The city and the mustard

Dijon – The city and the mustard

When Julius Caesar was looking for places to conquer at 58 BC his options were somewhat limited; huge parts of the world as he knew it back then had already been conquered, most by non other than his childhood hero, Alexander the Great. So he went to North, to the land of the Gaul where [...]

Autumn in Provence

Autumn in Provence

We had a two-week gap in the beginning of October and decided to take a road trip to Provence. It was a bit late in the season, but we decided to trust our luck. People go to Provence because of the good weather, great cuisine and charming towns. We found that the seasons took a [...]

Matisse over the stairway, Gauguin under the curtains

Matisse over the stairway, Gauguin under the curtains

Are you rich enough to commission your own Matisse ? Or fill the walls of your palace with art so dense that it will be a challenge to distinguish one painting from another ? The man who answered positively to both questions was named Sergei Shchukin, a turn of the century Russian business magnate who [...]

Saint- Émilion – A Jewel of a Town

Saint- Émilion – A Jewel of a Town

When a place is especially beautiful, the French call it a bijou or a precious jewel.  In that sense, Saint-Émilion is definitely a bijou in the heart of Bordeaux with its narrow streets, monolithic church and vineyards which have survived intact from 11th cc. Rooftops, Saint- ÉmilionToday Saint- Émilion and all the surrounding area is [...]