Top 10 destinations for spring

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Top 10 destinations in 2013

Here are our top 10 destinations in 2013. We selected places that have a lot of history and culture, or natural beauty. Plan early because some destinations, such as Burma, have limited hotel availability. (1) Burma The country is opening up to the outside world and sanctions against it are being dropped. It is much easier […]

Le Prieuré: five star hotel in medieval Avignon

If you want to stay in a historic luxury hotel in Avignon, Le Prieuré, which underwent extensive renovation in 2007, may be the perfect place for you. The hotel, a member of Relais & Chateaux, is a former convent located in the heart of the medieval town of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, outside the walls of Avignon. The […]

Auberge de Noves: deluxe charming hotel in Avignon

If you are looking for a boutique hotel in the Avignon area but don’t want to stay inside the city (where parking is difficult and expensive), check out the Auberge de Noves located just 10 minutes from Avignon. The hotel has 23 rooms, each of which is uniquely decorated in Provencal style with antique furniture. The rooms […]

Hotel d’Europe: historic luxury hotel in the heart of Avignon

If you want to stay in a luxurious hotel in Avignon, check out the Hotel d’Europe, located in the 16th century residence of the Marquis de Graveson within the walls of the old city. Built in 1580, it became a hotel (established by Madame Pierron in 1799) and took on the name of Hôtel d’Europe […]

La Mirande: historic boutique hotel and restaurant in Avignon

La Mirande is a hotel and restaurant located in an restored mansion at the foot of the Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon. It is a timeless refuge that provides a dreamy, relaxing and authentic experience. The hotel is named after the famous room in the Palais des Papes, La Mirande, where the […]

La Fleur Bleue: restaurant and gîtes in the Provence

La Fleur Bleue is located in Le Crestet, a tiny village 40 kilometers northeast of Avignon, between Vaison la Romaine and Malaucène at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Owned by a Dutch couple who decorated the house in the Nordic style with Provençal influences, it offers both fine dining and accommodations (gîtes), to those seeking […]