France June 2011

This page outlines the posts related to the trip we took to France in June of 2011.

Trip Overview

We spent five weeks in France to think through our project of spending 18 months in the country starting spring 2012. The trip was a mixture of checking out where and how we would live, sightseeing, visiting local markets, hiking and golf. We rented two vacations houses for 2 weeks each – the first in the small working town of Calvisson outside of Nîmes in the South of France and second in the even smaller village of Mont Saint Jean in Burgundy. The following is an outline of posts related to this trip. Related recipes can be found here.

Paris – Most trips to France either start, end or both start and end in Paris. With good reason – everyone loves Paris!

Restaurant Reviews
Candelaria, to Taco or Not to Taco in Paris
Pramil and Bistrot de L’Oulette – Good Food at a Good Price in the Marais
Le Florimond, Paris – A Truly Fun Dining Experience

Other Paris Posts
Losco  – Great belts in the Marais District
The title pretty much explains it.
Monet’s Garden in Giverny – Not So Far From the Madding Crowd
A visit to the famous gardens outside of Paris on a gorgeous spring day.

Calvisson – South of France. The following posts center on the small working town of Calvisson.

Calivisson – Home Base in Southern France

Local Markets – The markets listed below are all within an hour’s drive from Calvisson.
Calvisson Sunday Market
Uzèz Wednesday Market
Sommières Sunday Market
Pont du Gard and the Remoulins Friday Market

Sightseeing, Golf, Hiking
The Carmargue – Golf, Lavender and Taureau Sausage
Includes the La Grande Motte golf course, a lavender field outside of Lunel and buying taureau sausage and ice cream in Aigues Mortes.
Epic Day Trip – Nimes, Albi, Carcassonne and Back
Includes the Millau bridge, the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi and a quick stop in Carcassonne.
Oppidum de Nages – South of  France
A nice day hike in the ruins above the nearby town of Nages-et-Solorgues.
Exploring the Vaucluse – Vaison la Romaine and Mt Ventoux
Includes the midievel cité of Vaison la Romaine and it’s Roman ruins, Puymin and La Villasse with a drive to the top of Mt Ventoux.
It Helps to Know your Holidays – Living Without a Clue in France
Includes the Golf Club of Nîmes Compagne.
Bouillabaisse Marseillaise and Pink Flamingos
Includes a trip to Marseillais to taste bouillabaise at the Miramar restaurant with a stop in the Camargue to see the pink flamingos. Great pics.
Hiking in the Cévenne, France
Includes finding information on hiking trails in Cévennes National Park and describes the Lacan Hiking Path outside of Anduze.
Pont du Gard and the Remoulins Friday Market
Includes a visit to the famous Roman bridge outside of Nîmes.

Mont Saint Jean – The following posts center on this small village in Burgundy.

Mont Saint Jean – Home Base in Burgundy, France
Includes the local golf course, Golf Club de Chateau de Chailly, the Puilly-en-Auxois and Saulieu weekly markets, and the archeological site of Grange du Mont.

Mont Saint Jean’s Le Medieval
Restaurant review.

Burgundy Markets 
Chenôve Sunday Market
Autun Friday Market
Dijon Les Halles
Beaune Wednesday Market
Puilly-en-Auxois and Saulieu

Day Trips and Hiking
The Quest for Bresse – A Lesson in the New French Culture
A day trip along the Route des Grands Crus to find Bresse chicken for the classic dish Coq au Chambertin, a variation of Coq au Vin.
Abbeys of Fontenay and Vezelay
Two of the most stunning abbeys in the region.
Hiking Burgundy’s Morvan Regional Park
Includes the hikes – Lake des Settons, The Moux-en-Morvan Trail and The Lake de Chamboux Trail.

Chinon – Loire Valley – Before returning home we spent the weekend in this quaint medievel town.

Chinon Home Base

L’Ardoise Restaurant Review, Chinon

Loire Valley Gardens
Gardens of Villandry
One of the most spectacular gardens in Europe located on the grounds of the Villandry Chateau.
International Garden Festival
A fun mix of garden and art installation by designers from around the world.

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