Place Stanislas, Nancy


Nancy, formerly the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, and then the French province of the same name is located on the left bank of the river Meurthe, about 10 km upstream from its confluence with the Moselle. The Marne-Rhine Canal runs through the city, parallel to the Meurthe.

The Citadel of Besançon

The Citadel of Besançon

The Citadel of Besançon (Citadelle de Besançon) is a 17th-century fortress is one of the finest masterpieces of military architecture designed by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban.

1802 Le Bisontin

1802 Le Bisontin

«Ce siècle avait deux ans », Victor Hugo’s have a stronger resonance in Besançon, the author’s birthplace. And it is in 2002, year of the bicentennial of the birth of the renown French writer that the restaurant chose to be named thus. A tribute to the man who’s statue by sculptor Just Becquet dominates from just a short distance away.



The birthplace of Alexandre Gustave Bonickhausen is known all over the world due to Jean Naigeon, who in 1856 tweaked with an old and proven recipe and substituted verjuice, the acidic "green" juice of not-quite-ripe grapes, with vinegar. And voila the Dijon mustard was born

Château du Mont Joly

Château du Mont Joly

Set in an 18th-century mansion, this refined, upscale hotel and restaurant offers an ideal place to enjoy a couple of days or even just a few hours of bliss. Chef Romuald Fassenet, MOF 2004, fully lives up to his name! We enjoyed a very creative and appetizing menu replete with ingenious and delicious combinations.

Bistrot de Port Lesney

Bistrot de Port Lesney Le Pontarlier

On the banks of the Loue, at equal distance from Arboise and the Salines Royales d’Arc-et-Senans, this sprawling bistro offers generous helpings of traditional country fare at bargain prices

Dole France


No, that’s not about the Fruits and vegetable company, but about the commune on the Doubs River

Château de Germigney

Château de Germigney

Set on 4 hectares of gardens, the former 18th-century hunting lodge of the Marquis de Germigney houses a Relais & Châteaux hotel and a Michelin starred restaurant.

Arbois - Place de la Liberte

Arbois the first AOC of wines of France

Arbois the capital of the Jura wines prides itself on being the first AOC wines of France May 15, 1936


Poligny – Caveau des Jacobins

I have to agree; these Frenchmen know their religion. There are few better places to taste the Jura wines than in this 13th century old church.

Besançon the 17th century Quai Vauban

Besançon the unknown capital

Franche-Comté’s capital, Besançon, the birthplace of Victor Hugo and of brothers August and Louis, known today simply as the Lumière brothers, was once the clock-making capital of France.


From Lyon to Nyon and Beyond

From Lyon to Nyon, a Swiss town famous among soccer fans for being the headquarters of the UEFA

Les Morainières

Les Morainières - Part 2

Les Morainières – A magical evening deep in the Savoyard wine country - Part 2

Les Morainières

Les Morainières

Les Morainières – A magical evening deep in the Savoyard wine country

Lake Bourget

Lake Bourget Cruise and Aix-le-Bains

We continued our journey to the place where Mont du Chat and the Chaîne de l'Épine on the west, and Bauges Mountains on the east, spill into the valley to clasp Lake Bourget in their embrace

Lake Annecy

La Ciboullete

Very good value for money

Col de la Forclaz

Col de la Forclaz and the birthplace of the patron saint of skiers, St Bernard

Taking in the breathtaking scenery I realize it makes absolute sense that the patron saint of skiers, Saint-Bernard, was born just a stone’s throw away at Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Lac Bourget


Atmosphères - Dîner sous Le Dent du Chat - Dinner under The Cat’s Tooth

Lake Annecy

Sailing Paul Cezanne’s Lac Bleu

Sailing Paul Cezanne’s Lac Bleu, the cleanest lake in France.


Le 7367

Dial 7367 on a cell phone and you get 'sens.' And it really makes sense to eat at this one Michelin assiete rated restaurant with such a picturesque location in an area filled with so many tourist traps


Chambery and Annecy

After another visit to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse for some last-minute gourmet provisions we left Lyon and headed towards the mountains that since antiquity lend their name to the what defines everything that mountains are about and even more, the Alps.

Auberge de Clochemerle

Auberge de Clochemerle

With the sun decanting its last rays of Burgundy light over the Beaujolais vineyards it is time to head for dinner And what better place to celebrate the end of such a bountiful day then at Auberge de Clochemerle, where chef Romain Barthe was awarded his first Michelin star in 2012.

Roche de Solutré

Roche de Solutré, Pouilly-Fuisse and La Terrasse du Beaujolais, Chiroubles

With the sun decanting its last rays of Burgundy light over the Beaujolais and Mâconnais vineyards it is time to head for dinner

Berze le Chatel

Burgundy: Mâcon, Berzé-le-Châtel, Cluny

Cluny a town that has grown up around the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny, the first monastery in Burgundy, started by the Benedictine monks in 910AD

George Blanc

George Blanc

French chefs can rule over the village from the kitchen. And they can even conceive not just marvelous dishes but also an entire fairy tale Disneyland village specially designed for foodies with bulging wallets, that was what came to mind while strolling through the manicured gardens and admiring the fairy-tale structures of four flowers rated Vonnas, first Village Gourmand de France.



Located 81 km northeast of Lyon, the town which was once one of the capitals of the Duchy of Savoy is now esteemed among gastronomes for … its chickens. The striking looking poulet de Bresse, the only chicken with an appellation, has plum white bodies, bright blue feet, and red combs, adding up to the France tricolore.

La Pyramide

La Pyramide

Most people go to the Pyramids in Egypt. I traveled to La Pyramide in Vienna, France.



Vienne, the ancient capital city of the Allobroges Galls was transformed into a Roman colony in 47 BCE under Julius Cesar


Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse

Our visit to Lyon couldn’t be complete without another stop to one of its temples of gastronomy, Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse.

Notre Maison Bouchon Lyonnais

Notre Maison Bouchon Lyonnais

Not many choices on the menu which is typical for an authentic bouchon Lyonnais with everything based on meat, meat, meat and bursting with fat! As they write on the menus 'On garde la salade pour le chèvres' (We keep the salad for the goats).

Les Terraces des Lyon

Les Terraces des Lyon

A 5 star hotel with a 1 Michelin star restaurant on Fourvière Hill with panoramic views over Lyon.

Kitchen café

Kitchen café

No doubt, very creative dishes but the service, not the best.

Parc de la Tête d'or

Parc de la Tête d'or

From Têtedoie to Tête d'or



Têtedoie Restaurant is perched on Fourvière hill is a vantage point over the city. The dining room has a panoramic view, with picture windows for those tables that happen to be on one side of the dining room.



From the birthplace if Italian Risorgimento and Italy’s first capital, Turin, to the birthplace of traditional French cuisine, Lyon


Solferino Restaurant

Solferino was awarded L’assiette (The Plate) and Two Forks and Spoons by the prestigious Micheline Guide



While in Turin, don’t forget to try the Bicerin di gianduiotto and at least a gelato at one of Turin’s excellent gelaterias: Gelateria La Romana, Alberto Marchetti, Piu' di un Gelato, Mara dei Boschi, Gelateria Vanilla, L'Essenza del Gelato, Ottimo Gelateria



Though it has never been involved in a war since 1430, Lucca is the most impressive fortress city in Italy. It is encircled by a perfectly intact wall. 2.5 miles long it is used today as a huge roof park with people strolling, jogging and biking all around it.

Fiori di zucca

Ristorante St Bartholomeo - Lucca

Not many times one has his white wine decanted. This was one of those.

Arno River in Pisa


For most visitors, a trip to Pisa is just spending a couple of hours at the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles): take some pictures with the leaning tower, wondering through the square and a brief visit of the Duomo.


Livorno and the C5 - Cacciucco

While in Livorno, don’t miss the C5 or cacciucco, a typical fish soup which is a local specialty from Livorno.


Elba - The Tuscan Archipelago

According to the Treaty of Fontainebleau of 11 April 1814, Elba, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, became the personal property of Emperor Napoleon.

Grain de sable

Bonifacio - Corsica

The commune of Bonifacio, the largest of Corsica, is located directly on the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia lies only 12 km away across the Strait of Bonifacio.



A British territory until 1802, the British influence can still be found in local architecture and in the Menorcans taste for gin.

In front of the cathedral


Some of the best views over Palma de Majorca can be enjoyed from Almudaina Hotel Sky Bar, Nakar Hotel and the cafeteria at Corte Ingles.

Port de Pollenca


Majorca, the largest island in the Balearics provides few places where one can hide from the over 10 million visitors that invade its shores every year. Some of my German friends nicknamed the island with disdain Putzfrau Urlaub, but they still spend a lot of time on its crowded beeches, totally ignoring its secluded mountain trails.

The Relentless Pursuit of Happiness

The Relentless Pursuit of Happiness

Get ready to celebrate March 20, The International day of Happiness.

Sunset at Port Antony

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The sun is setting low over the Mediterranean when we park the car in San Antoni and walk briskly to town’s tourist-infested waterfront promenade. The Cafe Mambo's three young Romanian bouncers with faces of chiselled marble have their work cut out for them as they urge people to move on, watchfully keeping a clear passage between the building and the terrace

Born in Ibiza - Made in Germany

Entering Eiwisa’s Harbor is like a trip into the past. Jutting into a cloudless blue sky, the view is dominated by the glittering seaward Renaissance ramparts of Eiwisa’s citadel and the 13th century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows built in a Gothic style.

Black durgeon or Black triggerfish

Columbus Sharks

Originally called Guanahani by the Lucayan Indians, the island was renamed San Salvador by Christopher Columbus,

Gothenburg harbour

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Saint Barts Bucket Regatta

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Nun's Island

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