Culture

Come with us on a journey into French culture to discover the true art of French living. Regional gastronomic treats such as wine and cheese. Fashion, jewellery, architecture, museums, cinema, theatre and literature. All which makes France a country with a unique cultural diversity.
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02 April 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, Culture

Pont-Aven, an inspiring Breton village

Pont-Aven is a small picturesque village nestled along the winding banks of the River Aven, it is much more than just a tourist destination in Brittany. It is a place where art and history combine to create a unique atmosphere, which has appealed to generations of artists and art lovers from around the world. In this article, let's explore Pont-Aven, and discover what makes this Breton village so captivating and inspiring.

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23 February 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Architecture

Collonges-la-Rouge, a journey through time

Located in the Limousin region of France, Collonges-la-Rouge is an extraordinary village that seems straight out of a fairy tale. With its houses with red facades, its cobbled streets and its medieval atmosphere, Collonges-la-Rouge offers a unique and captivating travel experience. In this article, we will delve into the history, charm and attractions of this exceptional village.

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20 January 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  Nature , Culture

Discover Roussillon, the colourful village in Provence !

Roussillon, a pretty village nestled in the heart of Provence. It is an explosion of colours, an ode to history and Mediterranean nature. Facing the Luberon, at the foot of the plateaus of the Monts de Vaucluse, the village of Roussillon is surrounded by sumptuous landscapes. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Roussillon is one of the places to visit in the Luberon Regional Natural Park.

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10 January 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  Architecture, Culture

Discover the Chateau de Blois

The Château de Blois is a true architectural masterpiece, on which different eras have left their mark. A visual ballet of styles ranging from medieval Gothic to the flamboyant Renaissance unfolds across the different wings of the castle. Each facade tells a story, reflecting the tastes of the kings and queens who have resided here over the centuries.

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26 December 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Events

The Avignon Festival, the most prestigious festival

The Avignon Festival is one of the most prestigious and influential festivals in the world. It is a major event which takes place every year in July in the city of Avignon, in Provence in the South of France. It was founded in 1947 by the director Jean Vilar and aims to promote the performing arts, particularly theatre.

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25 December 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Architecture, Culture

Iconic French monuments

France is full of emblematic monuments offering cultural and architectural diversity across the country. Let's discover some of the jewels located in different regions: The Pont du Gard in Occitanie, the Pont Valentré, the Millau Viaduct and Mont Saint-Michel...

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20 December 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, Culture

The most beautiful French medieval villages

France is full of beautiful medieval villages which have preserved their architectural and cultural heritage over the centuries. These picturesque villages offer a real journey back in time with their cobbled streets, stone houses, Gothic churches and fortified castles. Discover a selection of villages in France to plan your next getaways whether you are passionate about history, culture, architecture or looking for calm and serenity.

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13 December 2023  |  Lee Jones  |  Events, UNESCO , Culture

Carcassonne International Festival 2024

Enjoy music, theatre and dance in the South of France at the 2024 Carcassonne International Festival. A festival of performing arts with international acts performing in venues all over the city. The main venue is the Théâtre Jean-Deschamps, a small amphitheatre within the walls of the citadel with a great atmosphere and a fabulous view from every seat.

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06 December 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, Culture, Architecture

The castles of Lastours, the medieval remains

The Châteaux de Lastours are located on a rocky ridge a few kilometers north of Carcassonne. They are made up of four royal fortresses which unite on the long arid ridge which dominates the village of Lastours and form an exceptional group of four medieval fortresses. These remains offer a fascinating journey for travelers in search of period secrets.

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02 December 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

The artisan craftsmen of the Dordogne

The Dordogne is a jewel located in the southwest of France. It is a picturesque destination, but also a place where traditional craftsmanship thrives, perpetuating centuries of know-how. In this article, let's delve into the fascinating world of craftsmanship in the Dordogne, where each creation tells a story of tradition and skill.

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28 November 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Tourism, Wines / Vineyard

Discover the Bordeaux wine trail

Bordeaux is located in the southwest of France and renowned for its exceptional vineyards and rich wine culture. Let's discover the Bordeaux Wine Trail which will offer you an unforgettable wine experience, allowing wine lovers to discover some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Let's go on this intoxicating adventure through the Bordeaux vineyards.

01 November 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

The emblematic handicrafts of France

France is renowned throughout the world for its fashion, its gastronomy, and its exceptional craftsmanship. Its famous handicrafts have talented artisans who have perpetuated traditional crafts for generations. Discover here some of the best known.

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10 October 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Tourism

Le Moulin Rouge, Paris

The Moulin-Rouge in Paris is a Parisian cabaret founded in 1889 by the Catalan Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, who already owned the Olympia. A magical review, where the world of the spectacular is invented and shared with emotion.

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27 September 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Events, Culture

The night of skiing, November 17 in Europe

Discover in your cinemas, the new documentary by Thierry Donard, about extreme sports athletes who demonstrate tremendous sporting resilience in the face of chaotic climate challenges. Meet a new generation of filmmakers with the NDG Film Festival, a selection of exclusive short films. This November 17th everywhere in Europe.

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26 September 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

“Montagne en scène” celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Montagne en Scène is back in more than 220 cities, you can discover great adventures on the big screen in your cinemas. Montagne en Scène offers a large selection of selected films. This year: Nuptse, the absolute inaccessible by director Hugo Clouzeau. Via Sedna by Ramona Waldner, The Silent Escape by Oswald Rodrido Pereira, Rise By Fred Rousseau and Maxime Moulin.

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12 September 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

The Grand Rex in Paris

The Grand Rex de Paris is much more than a cinema, you will also find concerts and shows there, as well as an Escape Game. Come explore behind the scenes of the Grand Rex. Designed as an imaginary journey behind the scenes of cinema, this interactive visit immerses you in the secret and captivating world of the 7th art with the creation of a film through a series of sets.

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18 July 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture

The feast of Saint-Jean, celebrate the summer solstice

The feast of Saint-Jean the Baptist, June 24, is originally a Christian holiday, traditionally accompanied by large bonfires. It celebrates the summer solstice, in connection with the worship of the sun. The solstice fires or pagan solstice fires were lit in the Middle Ages at the crossroads of paths, in the fields, to prevent witches and magicians from passing there during that night.

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04 March 2023  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

5 exhibitions in Occitania to discover

5 exhibitions in Occitania to discover. The museums in Occitanie site brings together the various museums in the region with the dates of exhibitions and summaries. From Nikki de Saint Phalle to the embalming of mummies, a reflection on meaning through art.

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21 February 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  Culture, Events

Mardi Gras, Carnivals in France

Mardi Gras is a festive time. This period marks the end of the "week of seven fat days" (formerly called "carnal days"). Mardi Gras is followed by Ash Wednesday and Lent, when Christians are encouraged to "eat lean", traditionally abstaining from meat.

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16 February 2023  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Dubuffet's Winter Garden at the Center Pompidou

Jean Dubuffet is a French painter born in 1901. The artist is interested in works made by prisoners, the mentally ill, children, people outside the professional world of art. In 1945, he invented the term Art Brut to define this art. He will be a theoretician and a collector.

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15 February 2023  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Ben's store at the Center Pompidou

Ben's store at the Center Pompidou Benoît Vautier, alias Ben is an artist born in 1935 known for his inscribed messages, printed on any medium. His store was born in 1958 in the city center of Nice. In 1972, the store will be dismantled to become part of the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art.


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