Favourite place in France?

Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:20 PM
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I agree with Nikki's post as well.

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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:27 PM
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merci beaucoup StCirq.

Soaps. You said the magic word. But, I get nervous about carrying olive oil in the suitcase-- but would like to. Any thoughts on that. I use a lot of olive oil in my cooking--we love it.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:29 PM
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Can't believe no one has said "Where the naked ladies dance" yet.

Anyway...I haven't been to enough places in France to have a real favorite, but like a few posters above, I found the Lot very, very enchanting.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:29 PM
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I purchased some superb pure lavender oil in a little market town in Languedoc last year. The label says: Le Moulin---- I wonder if it's the same place?
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:38 PM
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Yes, there are beautiful places in France, but it's also a treasure trove of history. For me, Castlenaud in the Dordogne, the beaches and cemeteries at Normandy, and the very little mentioned, Oradour-sur-glane.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:54 PM
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Justine, "moulin" just means mill. There's no way anything you bought in the Languedoc came from the Moulin Jean-Marie Cornille. And he doesn't do lavender oil.

He does ship, though, so you don't have to worry about carrying olive oil in your suitcase (though I do it all the time and have never had a problem - I wrap it in socks).Buy a liter or two in tins. It's incredibly good.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 03:29 PM
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I am looking forward to my 4th trip to France this September, but I can't pinpoint any place as my favorite -- I like it all! When we go back, we always mix a little of the familiar (places we've been before) with new places. Some highlights: Honfleur in Normandy, Mont Saint Michele, the Gorge du Tarn, Colmar. We spent our last trip (3 weeks) in the Languedoc region in a rented villa & loved it. We put nearly 2800 km on a rental car. On this next trip we're spending 2 weeks at the same villa, but also spending a week in Provence & a week in the Dordogne, plus a few days in Paris, Burgundy, and Normady. Five weeks in all, and can hardly wait! I jotted down the info about Moulin Jean Marie Cornille -- sounds like the sort of place we like to find!
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 03:45 PM
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Here's the Moulin's olice oil site

http://www.moulin-cornille.com/v2/in...19e9d75510f0f4

I've never seen tins, only the plastic bottles there. Since I'm not going to Provence soon I can buy it locally
and they also mail at Fromaggio's Kitchen.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 04:39 PM
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cigale, they have those large (liter, 2-liter?) tins that they will ship to you (along with anything else). Last time I was there I had a couple of tins plus a load of soaps and other things shipped home and it all arrived quickly and beautifully packed.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 04:56 PM
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Thanks St Cirq. I emailed them. The tins are not on line.
My second choice is in Les Baux. Mas des Dame. I always bought a tin and their wine.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 05:42 PM
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cigalechanta,

I just went to their website as I'm also interested in their products, but I'm planning on purchasing them and having them shipped home when I'm there in September. I did see that they had a 3 liter and a 5 litre can. I'm assuming by 'can' they mean tin. Perhaps St. Cirq can verfiy.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 07:09 PM
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Echnaton,

I plugged your coordinates into Google Earth, and came up with a lovely cove on the road south of Cannes. Tell us what is so special to you about that cove.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 07:17 PM
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history, the cans are plastic. I know they have no tins unless they were introduced this year. But it would be on the site. Anyway I emailed thwem to find out and if they do, I'll post again. Try alo the Mas des Dame, also very good
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 07:35 PM
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Actually, history, my experience was different from cigale's. They had those large metal tins - think rectangular, upright metal tins with a plastic opener on the top. Not plastic. They shipped me two of them. I can't be sure of the number of liters - 3 sounds about right, and I had two shipped, and it lasted 2 years - but it was a huge amount of the world's best olive oil and not all that expensive for what it was.

This was about 6 years ago. Maybe they don't have metal tins anymore, I dunno. The website will tell you. Maybe they just did it specially for me because they knew me and I wanted to make a big purchase. Hard to say. At any rate, I'm sure you'll find a way to get your goodies.
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Apr 23rd, 2010, 01:55 AM
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>>>Echnaton,

I plugged your coordinates into Google Earth, and came up with a lovely cove on the road south of Cannes. Tell us what is so special to you about that cove.<<<

The cove is just an incredibly beautiful place for swimming and snorkeling. I used the coordinates as a symbol for the whole region. These are the characteristics:

1. The Esterel Coast (roughly between St. Raphael and Mandelieu) is incredibly scenic. The coastal road is IMO one the most scenic roads on Earth - with many pullouts for sightseeing, photographing and walking down to the beaches. The section between Antheor and Le Trayas is a natural reserve and so it is undeveloped and unspoilt.

2. The sea is incredibly pleasant. The coves (I put the coordinates in one of the most beautiful ones, but there are many more) have beaches that mostly consist of red pebbles (some have sandy beaches but I prefer the pebbles). The water is azur-blue and very clear - excellent for swimming and snorkeling.

3. The climate. The climate is mild and balmy - never too hot in summer and nice and warm up to November. Swimming is pleasant from May to early November (!) which makes the Cote d'Azur one of the warmest beach regions in Europe. In October, we measured water temps of 24°C (75 F).

4. Hiking. In the Esterel mountains, you find lots of hiking trails. The mountains, composed of red porphyry, are steep and bizarre and give you a feeling of being on top of a very high mountains although you are just a few hundred feet above sea-level. You have high-mountain feeling AND fantastic views of the deep blue sea. Priceless.

5. Accomodation. You do not find many splendid hotels in this area - the best hotel is the Miramar Beach Hotel in Theoule-sur-Mer. http://www.tiara-hotels.com/hotel.as...l=10&idioma=EN

But you find fantastic vacation homes. We once stayed with a large group in this one: http://www.labastidedelesterel.com/c...1/crbst_6.html

You felt like living in the villa of a James-Bond-movie villain. We had an incredible time there.

Believe it or not, we also enjoy to stay on campgrounds. There are beautiful campgrounds (you can rent tents or cottages if you do not bring your own tent or camper). In Agay, there is a nice campground directly on the beach. From the campgrounds, hiking trails are leading directly into the most scenic mountain range I have ever seen on Earth.

6. Culture. On the Cote d'Azur, you have an extremely high density of museums and other attractions. The artists of the classic modern lived and worked here: Picasso, Leger, Matisse, Ernst, Dali and many others. You find fantastic art museums in the area:
www.musee-chagall.fr (IMO the very best collection of thematic Chagall paintings)
www.musee-fernandleger.fr (a fantastic museum, completely devoted to the work of post-cubist Fernand Leger)
www.fondation-maeght.com (a work of architecture which is art in its own right with a fantastic sculpture garden including the very best of Joan Miro and outstanding annual exhibitions)
http://www.antibes-juanlespins.com/e...o/index.html(a museum where you find Picasso's works of two years while he was living there)
www.musee-picasso-vallauris.fr (another Picasso museum)
www.mamac-nice.org (the Museum of Modern Art in Nice with excellent works of contemporary French artists like Yves Klein and Ben)
...and that's not all.
You also find Roman ruins, medieval towns, hilltop villages...

7. Food&drink. Okay, this is almost everywhere in France. However, at the Cote d'Azur, the products which are for sale in the supermarkets tend to be top-notch and of higher quality than in the not-so-wealthy regions of France. If you like to cook for yourself (as we do), grocery stores on the Cote d'Azur are paradise. Of course, you also find all kinds of restaurants in the area, including many Michelin-star awarded ones.

Conclusion:

There are many beautiful places in France. We have spent numerous summers in Brittany, we are regularly in Alsace, we have been a dozen times in Provence, we have eaten truffles at the Dordogne, we have admired the Loire chateaux, we regularly drive to the Champagne to buy wine, we always stop for a couple of days in Bourgogne when we are on our way southwards, we have enjoyed driving the Route des Grandes Alpes - but the best of the best is the Cote de l'Esterel.
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Apr 24th, 2010, 02:42 AM
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That is so odd. I never thought of that question before. Lots and lots of lovely places,a nd I truly adore Brittany, but it is getting so full!

I love the place we own a wee bit of, more of which you can see here

www.frenchescape.net

I can't think of anywhere I'd more like to be.
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Apr 24th, 2010, 03:43 AM
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No, no Jade123, the original question specifically excluded Paris! Did you go anywhere else in France?
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Apr 24th, 2010, 06:19 AM
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Echnaton,

After reading your post, I told my husband I want to go to the Esterel Coast on our way back to Nice from Provence. Cote de l'Esterel sound like my kind of place.

To answer the question, I really like Brittany.
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Apr 24th, 2010, 07:36 AM
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Ile de Brehat or Saignon
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Apr 24th, 2010, 02:27 PM
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We spent 2 weeks in Gattières 2 years ago, just about 20 miles north of Nice. There are beautiful old hill-top villages in that area, in the foothills of the Alps, on the edge of Provence. I think Gattières is 14th century, nearby Carros is a bit older. And the main road up the hill to Gattières - has anyone else here done it? About 20 hairpin bends, but of course the (suicidal?) French always managed to overtake us (cautious Brits, used to driving on the other side). Lovely place, and plenty to do nearby.
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