Culinary & Cultural Tales

Dispatches From La Riviere –
The Mediterranean Arc From Spain To France To Italy

We're Paris travel experts, and we share our love of the city – and what to do while you're here – at our online travel resource, Paris Insiders Guide. But, we also love the ambience and the culinary cultures of the rest of France and of its two Mediterranean neighbours, Italy & Spain.

In this collection of tales we share our excitement, our adventures, and our discoveries. 

Allons-y !  Let's go!

– Diane & Mark


6:24 AM

About a week ago, we went to bed leaving the laundry drying on the clotheslines on our upper terrasse, just outside the bedroom. This was...

The One-Man Market of the D977

On Bastille Day, close to noon, we were zooming along the D977, heading to Sablet from an emergency trip to the boulangerie at Crestet...

In Cahors

Cahors is nicely situated in a hairpin turn of the river Lot. Like a number of other French towns it was founded by the a Celtic people.

The Two Cathedrals of Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine is three towns in one. There's the ancient Roman city. Surrounding it is the modern city. The medieval city is up on the

In the City of Memories

Beginnings and endings, light and shadows, highlights and depths, fond memories and final journeys. Paris is that sort of city –...

Gigondas Sur Table

Imagine this... 42 producers of the best wines of Gigondas. 6 top regional chefs, including 2 with Michelin stars, cooking and serving food