“CC” is for Château de Chenonceau

The magnificent Château de Chenonceau is characterised by the lives of the historic and famous women who occupied, added to, landscaped and embellished it, ensuring its place in the rich tapestry of French history. A jewel in its own right, the castle was gifted by King Henry II of France to Diane de Poitiers, a clever...
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A Paris pit stop – Galeries Lafayette

The flagship store of Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris is   sheer heaven for shopping and second only to the Eiffel Tower as the most visited monument in Paris. Opened in 1912 it’s art nouveau design includes a breathtaking glass dome (43m high) that floods golden light into the...
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Finding Leonardo

It just so happened that our visit to the Loire Valley in France coincided with the 500 anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci who spent the last three years of his life at the Château du Clos Lucé in the historic town of Amboise.   It seemed the perfect time to be visiting! The palace contains a museum...
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Immerse yourself in the peace

Arriving at The Kiln Houses tucked away in the glorious Ovens Valley of Victoria, is that moment when you cross the line between leaving the stresses of daily life behind to submit to the magic of this outstanding location amidst lush green fields at the foothills of Mt Buffalo. You know when you’re there.  The stunning...
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Lyon – the cradle of silk weaving

You may know that Lyon is France’s gastronomic capital, but did you know that it was once famed as the capital of the French silk weaving industry?  A visit to the workshop and museum of Maison des Canuts uncovers this surprising heritage.  When visiting Lyon, this is not to be missed. It’s a joy to...
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