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France Itinerary – Paris & Provence, 14 Days.

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Itinerary covers main attractions in Paris – the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Catacombs, Pantheon, Chateau de Versailles, Centre Pompidou,   Musee D’Orsay and Les Invalides.  In ProvenceSouthern France – Arles, Nimes, Orange, Pont Du Gard, the Camargue, Gordes, Roussillon, Menerbes, Lourmarin, L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and Aix En Provence.

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L’Espace Van Gogh @ Arles, France. Day 12 (II)

Espace Van Gogh @ Arles France 1
Van Gogh spent a year in Arles, where he produced some of the finest masterpieces.  Before visiting France, I never realized that most of Van Gogh’s paintings were based on real things and real places – Mulberry Trees, Starry Night Over the Rhone, Sunflowers, Cafe Terrace at Night, the Langlois Bridge and so on.  L’Espace Van Gogh is another example of Van Gogh’s painting subject, formerly a hospital, where he stayed for treatment after cutting off his ear.   Continue reading

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How About Some Roquefort Cheese with Moet and Chandon for Dinner? @ Arles, France

DIY dinner @ Arles, France 1
We decided to do a simple meal with the king of cheeses – Roquefort, and one of the finest wines – Moet and Chandon.  How could we not enjoy them while we were in France, a country so diversified in its cheeses and wines? With cocktail prawns, smoked salmon, fresh carrots, ham and croissant, our simple meal was actually better than some of the meals which we ate in restaurants.   You can buy these ingredients readily from Monoprix or Carrefour.

Roquefort cheese is produced with the most stringent criteria – only milk from certain breeds of sheep can be used, and only specific caves in Southern France can be used for the ripening of Roquefort cheese.  While you are in Southern France, you might see Roquefort cheese quite frequently on the menu, so give it a try with a good wine, because these good cheeses and wines will cost you double when you go back home 🙂

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Roquefort Cheese @ Arles France 2 Roquefort Cheese @ Arles France 1  Moet and Chandon @ Arles France

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