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Starter of fresh melon and a cup of honeydew melon gazpacho, garnished with a dollop of mint, at Loiseau des Ducs Michelin Star restaurant

Talk about a tease! Florence Bucciacchio, my host from the Dijon Tourism Office began my familiarization of Dijon with a visit to the Les Halles Market, but she wouldn’t let me...

The surface of these 24-month old wheels of cheese at Affineur Vagne in Poligny, France is dark brown and mottled

Ask any Frenchman to name his favorite cheeses and Comté will almost always be near the top of his list. To a large degree, however, the rest of the world doesn’t...

Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France, was home to the Papal Court for more than 70 years

Mention the Pope and people immediately think of Rome. Or perhaps of Vatican City. But the Popes of Avignon, France? For me, at least, it was a surprise to learn that...

Bundles of Lavender drying on racks at HO Lavande in Valla de la Pierre

Before even kicking off my shoes, I pushed open the bathroom door in my hotel room at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport. A bathtub! Thank you, God. After months of living...

A perfect sample of the famous Charentais melons of Provence, France

I tilted my chin up and let the sunshine warm my face. Day after day in Provence brought crystal blue skies and fresh breezes that kept the sweltering summer heat at...

Canalside after dark. Photo courtesy of St. Christopher's Inns Canal in Paris

Finding reasonably priced accommodations in Paris can always be a challenge. Fortunately, a few months ago I discovered St. Christopher’s Inns in Barcelona, which immediately became one of my favorite hostels...