Road Trip to Italy

About a 9 hour drive from the Haute Savoie is Todi in Umbria. Todi is about half way between Perugia and Terni, or Orvieto and Spoleto. Umbria is in the middle of Italy in the most beautiful countryside with an abundance of hilltop and medieval villages and towns. Not to mention fabulous restaurants, wonderful food, delicious wines and incredible olive oils.
Fun fact Umbria is the only region of Italy without a coastline!

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So you think you know your Olive Oils?

Deep in the beautiful Umbrian countryside, near Todi in Italy, we discovered a hidden treasure. The wonderful olive farm of Passo della Palomba really is a taste of paradise and certainly a taste of some of the best olive oil that Italy has to offer. This delightful 19th century estate has been expertly and lovingly restored by Alessandro and Claudia Gilotti and their sons. The restoration took 4 years using original materials to retain its former glory. Now at Passo Della Palomba you can enjoy a peaceful holiday in this tranquil location.

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Roastbeef & Frog

I think at times we all miss foods from our homes and childhood. I know I do, and certain foods evoke great memories. Although I’ve happily chosen France as my home and take huge pleasure in all of the glorious french foods, restaurants and local produce; I still need mint sauce with my lamb, marmite on my toast (or should I say tartine) and I love a shortbread with my English Tea! Well now you can enjoy all those treats you may have been missing

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Christmas Markets 2019 – Haute Savoie, Savoie, Rhone Alps and Genevois region

Here is my roundup of a few Christmas markets/Marché de Noël going on around The Haute Savoie, Savoie, Rhone Alpes and Genevois region in 2019

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La Desalpe in Saint Cergue, Switzerland

A profusion of bright colours from their flowered headdresses rush towards me. The large brass bells clanging and glinting in the early morning sunlight setting off their huge brown eyes. 

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Food & Wine Festivals in France in September & October 2019

So the year in Food & Wine Festivals in France continues. The importance of celebrating regional foods and wines in France is wonderful. The chestnut, giant omelettes, chocolate, Chablis and spicy peppers are including in the round-up of what to eat and drink during September and October.

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Hiking from Lac Mines d’Or, Morzine

There is nothing quite like taking a great hike in the mountains in the Haute Savoie in the summertime. In the Morzine and Les Gets there are endless hiking trails to follow. Most of them have a great restaurant on the hike! So your fitness and gourmand needs are all met!

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Food & Wine Festivals and Events in France in July & August 2019

Summertime and the food and wine festivals in France continue throughout July and August. My picks for foodie festivals in July and August include oysters, cassoulet, pink garlic, plums, prunes and lots of cheese!

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Food & Wine Festivals and Events in France in May & June 2019

So we continue with the food & wine festivals in France in May & June – here are my picks of the food-related events in France for May and June. Once again a great selection…

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A Weekend in Besançon

Why a weekend in Besançon? Or where is Besançon – as a few friends asked when I said I was visiting. Well, one of the reasons I wanted to visit the city of Besançon was because Raymond Blanc was born there.

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