Category: Chateaux in France

  • Bonjour from snowy France! You may have heard it’s been quite a wintry weather experience here the past few weeks. And it came on rather suddenly after a very mild December and January. In fact, I thought spring was just around the corner since our flowering cherry trees were starting to bloom and the daffodils…

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  • Bonjour! It’s a new year and all sorts of new France experiences are in the works here at French Affaires. Our special 2018 journeys to Paris, Normandy, the French countryside and more are set to be personal, unique windows into the rich culture, history, cuisine and people of France. We also have a host of French-related activities slated for this spring…

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  • Following our last garden post on the marvelous Bagatelle in Paris, we just have to mention another not-to-miss garden experience in France – the stunning International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire. Arguably the best ‘festival des jardins’ in the country (though of course there are many worthy contenders), Chaumont’s yearly garden extravaganza features remarkable landscape and garden…

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  • It all started with a bet. French queen Marie-Antoinette wagered her brother-in-law that he couldn’t build a château on his large property west of Paris in less than three months. Famously, the Comte d’Artois won. Sparing no expense, he had his petit château built in a record 64 days in 1777. To celebrate the completion…

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  • This past weekend, I was in Fontainebleau for the wedding of the daughter of some very dear friends. It was a fabulous event and also a great time to reconnect with this charming French town located about an hour south of Paris. While Fontainebleau is dominated by the royal château of the same name, the town itself is well worth…

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  • Not long ago, we featured our choice for the ‘French Coffee Table Book of the Decade.’ Click here for a refresh of that post and our interview with the book’s French photographer. Well, now we’ve got a front-runner for the French website of the year. And this is no easy feat given all the French-related…

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  • Not long ago, I promised myself no more books. As a former French professor and a book lover in general, I have way too many books and can’t seem to edit my collection. But this past spring, a fabulous new French volume appeared that I just couldn’t pass up. Jacques Garcia, Twenty Years of Passion: The Château…

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  • The most famous fête (party) ever in France was actually a housewarming that took place on August 17, 1661. It had everything going for it – the most stunning venue, the finest food and drink prepared by the finest chef, the most beautiful music, the most dazzling entertainments, the most elegant host, and the most VIP guest…

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