Hunting Black Diamonds in Provence…

In Provence, Truffles (known as Le Diamant Noir, or Black Diamond) are an object of veneration, with their own confraternity, hunted down (“caver” in French) in fields and woods, admired and exchanged in dedicated markets and welcomed in the greatest Chefs’ kitchens. They can be savoured with a good bottle of wine among family or friends, at home or…

Christmas in Provence, cooked by a private chef!

My family and I decided to spend Christmas 2013 in L’Avinia, A La Carte’s rental property near Uzès in Provence. Clockwise: My wife Carole, myself, brother Leo, brother Mark, niece Nina and Mum. Carole and Nina finishing a puzzle by the warmth of the log fire This was our first Christmas in Provence so we weren’t…

What to pack & bring with you for your trip to Paris?

WHEN VISITING THE CITY OF LIGHT, YOU CAN PACK LIGHT AND STILL HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP! What to bring when you’re planning your Parisian excursion? Luggage thoughtfully filled with travel must-haves, certainement. Lugging a steamer trunk overflowing with this, that, and the other, certainly not. Whether you’re planning a trip in…

Vélib Now Accessible to Tourists

Have you noticed all those strange khaki bicycles zipping around Paris? Ever since the hip Paris urbanites adopted the system in 2007, the Vélib’ self-service bicycle system has become a huge hit, now emulated by a number of European cities. Until April 2011, Vélib’ had one MAJOR drawback : you needed a smart-chip equipped credit card…

Hunt like a pro at a Paris Flea Market!

Hi there, Right. You’ve been up the Eiffel Tower, you’ve waited in line at the Louvre and you’ve enjoyed your Fraise des Bois Berthillon ice cream on Ile Saint Louis. Been there, done that. I’ve got an authentic Paris visit for you. How about visiting a Paris flea market? Not the overcrowded and somewhat bewildering…