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  • Bellac in the Limousin - Photo Friday 9 July 2010

    Bellac is a small market town in the north west of the Haute Vienne department of Limousin

  • Eze in Provence - Photo Friday - 11 Dec 2009

    Welcome to Photo Friday. From here on in, I hope to share some of my favourite French photos with you each Friday and give you a taste of places you too may enjoy.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Eze, Provence (click for larger image)"]Eze, Provence[/caption] Welcome to Photo Friday. From here on in, I hope to share some of my favourite French photos  with you each Friday and give you a taste of places you too may enjoy.  To kick off, here is one of my most favourite spots, Eze (pronounced ‘ease’) in the Alpes-Maritimes.  Visit this page each week and I hope you will be inspired by some of the places I have lined up for you. If you have a favourite photo you have taken by all means send it in with a short description and we will include these also. The first photo is of the view from the village of  Eze. I love Eze,  It's just along the cost from Nice, set on top of a hill and has spectacular views over the coastline of the French Riviera. This is a view from the tropical gardens at the top of the village. On a clear day you can even see Corsica. Eze has preserved its unique medieval appearance with tiny streets and ancient buildings.
  • La Forteresse Royale in Najac - Photo Friday - 8 January 2010

    The climb to reach La Forteresse Royale built in 1253 in Najac in the Aveyron, is well worth it for the magnificent views.

  • Picturesque Saint-Suliac, on the banks of the river Rance in Brittany - Photo Friday 1st October 2010

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    Picturesque Saint-Suliac, on the banks of the river Rance, is one of the few truly maritime villages on the estuary between Saint-Malo and Dinan in Brittany. The village is situated around its church and its harbour and has a multitude of little streets and alleys to explore.

    In the past its fishermen left to fish for cod off the coasts of Newfoundland watched over by the statue of Virgin de Grainfollet. The statue and its small chapel still watch over the village from above and the climb up to it is rewarded with panoramic views of the estuary.

    There is a festival during the first weekend in August each year in which the the whole village is dressed up to look like it was 100 years ago and many of the village's inhabitants dress up in clothes of that period.

    The picture of of the harbour and village of Saint Suliac is copyright and courtesy of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France organisation.

  • Riquewihr the gem of the Alsace - Photo Friday 15 Oct 2010

    Riquewihr is a wonderful and romantic little medieval town, 55 miles from Strasbourg, hidden between the Vosges mountains and some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace.

  • St. Cirq Lapopie in the Lot - Photo Friday - 18 Dec 2009

    Standing majestic and overlooking the Lot River near Cahors, is the perched village St. Cirq Lapopie.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A restaurant in St-Cirq-La-Poppie (click for larger image)"]St-Cirq-La-Poppie[/caption] Standing majestic and overlooking the Lot River near Cahors, is the perched village St. Cirq Lapopie. In this little village full of narrow, intriguing lanes, you are spoilt for choice with restaurants and artisan shops. Here is just one restaurant where I have spent many a happy hour enjoying good food and wine of the region, Porc aux Pruneaux for example and full bodied Cahors wines. Then rounding off the meal with local Walnut liquor. Parfait!
  • The Bay of Cassis - Photo Friday - 22 January 2010

    This stunning Bay of Cassis in Provence.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The bay of Cassis (click for larger image)"]The bay of Cassis[/caption] This stunning view of the Bay of Cassis in Provence (near Marseilles) was taken from one of the many ‘view points’ around the coast on the winding cliff top road between Cassis and La Ciotat.  What a picture cannot always convey is the warmth of the sun, the glistening sea and unmistakable scent of the South of France. You really need to ‘be there’ so go on – put Cassis on your ‘must visit’ list this year.
  • The dramatic hilltop town of Turenne. Photo Friday 3 September 2010

    Turenne is a pretty village which dates largely from the 13th - 16th centuries and takes its name from Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne.

  • The Verdon Gorge - The Grand Canyon of France - Photo Friday - 26 February 2010

    If you have ever visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona then you will also be impressed by The Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) in France.

  • The Village of Conques in the Aveyron - Photo Friday 30 July 2010

    The beautiful village of Conques lies on the steep side of the Dordou valley which is just south of the valley of the River Lot. The name "Conques" derives from the lie of the land - like a conca or shell.