Tag Archives: Auvergne

A weekend in Cantal, a photo essay

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by .

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To wrap up this series on my press trip in Cantal, I couldn’t think of a better solution than a photo essay. Not because I don’t have anything to say about Cantal. I do. In fact I always have something to say, about pretty much everything. Ask my husband! But somehow I feel like no words [...]

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Cantal, the best place you’ve never heard of?

Posted on 20. Jul, 2012 by .

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People love Paris. People love the Riviera. People love the castles. But do people know about Cantal? Didn’t think so. Cantal is one of Auvergne‘s four departments. Each one of them is quite different from the others, and Cantal is all about the outdoors: mountains, volcanoes, hiking, chestnut hunting and al fresco dining. I myself knew [...]

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What to do in Clermont-Ferrand: My Personal Favorites

Posted on 16. May, 2012 by .

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After a year living as an expat in Clermont-Ferrand, and despite the daily challenges it implies, I find myself loving the feeling of having a selection of places I already like - knowing exactly what to expect, and that I will have a good time, no matter what. Whether it’s shopping, drinking, hanging out or [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Chaîne des Puys, France

Posted on 23. Apr, 2012 by .

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Not so long ago, Auvergne was covered in a delicate white blanket, for the enjoyment of the winter sports amateurs. Spring came, did its job and took the snow away, but the last few weeks have been abnormally cold - so much in fact that the snow is back on the pointy peaks. On my [...]

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What to do in Auvergne: Vulcania

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by .

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Very few people know that there are volcanoes in France. Volcanoes, not volcano, because it’s actually a chain of 48 different cones and domes. The chain is about 40 kilometers long, and is located right in the heart of the country. The reason why you’ve never heard of them? They’re dormant, and have been since [...]

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Auvergne’s Prettiest Castle: Château de Val

Posted on 13. Apr, 2012 by .

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When people think of European castles, one of the first images that come to mind is the elegant, feminine Renaissance castles of France. While most of them are located around Paris and in the Loire Valley, Auvergne has a handful of them that are worth the detour -Château the Val being on top of the [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Clermont-Ferrand, France

Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 by .

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With the slightly freezing weather Europe is going through right now comes the usual joys of winter: snow, ice, windchill, wet socks and teeth clatter. And Auvergne is no exception! There has been snow in Clermont-Ferrand for about a week now, and the Canadian in me could not be more thrilled (although I wish I [...]

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Clermont-Ferrand’s Famous Film Festival

Posted on 01. Feb, 2012 by .

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When I learned that I moving to Clermont-Ferrand, one of the first things I checked is the cultural scene - I love myself a good festival! I was pleasantly surprised to learn that every January, the city is host to the most important short film festival in the world, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. The festival is [...]

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My Beautiful Auvergne, a Photo Essay

Posted on 30. Nov, 2011 by .

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After living in Auvergne for a few months (and learning more about the French culture), I have come to look back on the many little places I discovered during the sunny days of summer and fall. While the region is often overlooked by tourist, I can’t stress enough how worthwhile and amazing it is, and [...]

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Challenging My Willpower at the Chocolate Festival of Clermont-Ferrand

Posted on 09. Nov, 2011 by .

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While Clermont-Ferrand is usually not very high on any traveler’s bucket list (unless you’re an avid trekker), living in the city is far from boring. There is always something going on, whether it’s the famous Short Film Festival or the Jazz en Tête festival. But the event that definitely got my attention a while ago is the Chocolate Festival [...]

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Hiking Volcanoes in Auvergne: My Experience

Posted on 17. Sep, 2011 by .

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Hiking a volcano wasn’t exactly part of my French tourism plan. Somehow my mind and body never got along very well, and anything that involves just the slightest amount of coordination is more often than not a very bad idea. Being outdoors and staying active, I enjoy - making a fool of myself by landing [...]

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Vichy, the French capital of relaxation

Posted on 10. Aug, 2011 by .

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Vichy spas are, to say the least, abundant.Very few cities in the world can boast being a spa capital - and luckily for me, Vichy is one of them. Located in the beautiful Auvergne region, it is easily reachable by train from Paris, Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon, which only makes it even easier to add to [...]

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Visiting the Plateau de Gergovie in Auvergne

Posted on 25. May, 2011 by .

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On a fairly hot spring day, my friends and I decided to escape the city and head to the countryside. Luckily for us, not too far utside Clermont-Ferrand stands the Plateau de Gergovie, which is the place where Vercingétorix (say that 10 times fast) defeated the army of Jules Cesar in 52 b.c. Impressive, eh? [...]

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