The Good Life France Magazine

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11 months ago

Winter 2022

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  • Medieval
  • Provence
Discover France’s magical winter wonderland destinations - from the French Alps to the French Riviera. Read about the biggest bûche de Noël, Christmas log cake, in the world and see Paris when it snows. Head to the sweet village of Flavigny in Burgundy where the film Chocolat was filmed and to Rouen, the Ardèche region and Côtes du Rhône. Go gaga for gorgeous Gascony and feel festive at the colourful Christmas market of Metz, Lorraine.Toulouse, feel good films, recipes, guides and giveaways…

to cellar to help you

to cellar to help you discover and taste the appellations of the region: the Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage and St. Joseph. Uncovering this wine route is nothing short of spectacular with its epic views, winery visits and quality plonk. Beyond the vineyards, both these towns are great places to visit. You can relax and take a boat trip along the river from Tain L’Hermitage or wander the embankments for great riverside views. I hiked up to the watchtowers above Tournon for spectacular panoramas of the surrounding vineyards and Rhône River meandering below before admiring the Marc Seguin footbridge and visiting the historic centre and Chapel Hermitage for some unique cultural heritage. Seguret A week is ample time to unearth the best parts of this rural journey. After three nights in the north, I headed to the southern part of the Côtes du Rhône, following the Rhône River to the incredible hilltop villages of Seguret and Sablet. Elevated above the vineyards, Seguret is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Inside the old town you will find characterful cobbled streets, historical stone houses, a traditional stone archway and a charming bell tower. Seguret Sablet Nearby Sablet is the jewel in the crown with its breath-taking picture postcard views, framed by vineyards and the magnificent Dentelles de Montmirail mountains beyond. This rocky outcrop is a geological masterpiece, eroded by time to form the chiselled mountains that span 8 kilometres. These mountains are a paradise for nature lovers and the scenic beauty is best explored on foot, by mountain bike or rock climbing. You will be rewarded with spectacular views over of a seemingly infinite sea of vineyards and forests. For more places like this, visit nearby Vaisonla-Romaine with its Roman ruins and old town or the highly esteemed architectural delights and Roman monuments at Orange. Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chateauneuf du Pape The last historic place I recommend visiting in the southern Rhône Valley is Châteauneufdu-Pape, nestled between the historic towns of Avignon and Orange. Famous for its powerful, full-bodied red wine the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape offers great cellars Sablet 38 | The Good Life France The Good Life France | 39