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vive le food tour paris!

Le Food Tour pastry maker

In light of the tragedy in Paris, I thought it would be a good time to celebrate the city — and the people and things that make it so special. What better way to do that than through their magnificent food? I published this interview on Huffington Post when we came back from our trip in April but wanted to re-post it here in honor of our Parisian friend, Maxime Audi, who we have been thinking about constantly.

When in France, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of every opportunity to indulge in the world-renowned food. So, on our recent trip, we basically ate our way through the country.

I’ve already introduced you to the new generation of chefs in Aix-en-Provence and the exquisite French cooking we were served aboard our Portraits of Southern France Viking River Cruise.

Now, let me tell you about our post-cruise trip to Paris, one of our favorite cities, where we decided to take a food tour to get a taste of what was new. We opted for Le Food Tour, a relatively new eating/walking tour of the City of Light, because it promised an off-the-beaten-path experience. [Read more…]

48 hours in aix-en-provence: day 2

Renaissance Aix navigator

After an artful breakfast that included an obscene number of chocolate croissants, Michael and I decided to ask for some inside tips on how to spend our second — and, unfortunately, last — day in Aix-en-Provence.

Renaissance Hotels have developed the best idea ever to ensure that guests get the most out of their visit: Navigators! These concierge-like experts help customize your experience so you get to see and do the things that are most meaningful to you.

For us, that meant art and food (not necessarily in that order). [Read more…]

48 hours in aix-en-provence: day 1

Aix street

Shocking as it may be, Michael and I did leave the comfort of the gorgeous Renaissance Aix-en-Provence to go sightseeing during our fast two days there. We are so glad we did.

Aix, which is pronounced like the letter “X,” is a pretty, sophisticated little city in the South of France. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the city center, so we spent most of our first afternoon people-watching at an outside cafe on the main boulevard, Cours Mirabeau, just like most of the locals seemed to be doing. [Read more…]

the art of the renaissance aix-en-provence hotel

Renaissance Aix yellow chairs

I told you about the beautiful Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel yesterday and promised you a pictorial of some of my favorite features. [Read more…]

renaissance aix-en-provence

Renaissance Aix Ice Drops

I have to admit that getting kicked out of that French B&B before we left the States was the best thing that could have happened because we ended up staying at the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence, which turned out to be one of our favorite hotels ever. [Read more…]

the time we got kicked out of a french b&b

Provence blue shutters

When one shutter closes …

Our trip to France began with us getting kicked out of a B&B in Provence — before we even left the States.

I know. [Read more…]