Musée des Confluences A Museum of Knowledge and Iconic Gateway into Lyon Architecture Part of the redevelopment project of the area known as the Confluence in Lyon, and located directly on the artificial peninsula as you enter the city, the Confluence Museum startles and surprises in its architecture. Designed by the Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au famous worldwide for their deconstructed architectural…
Friday Fun Facts – La Marinière Did you know? Those blue and white stripes found on the iconic French Sailor’s shirts known as “la Marinière” follow very strict laws… The French Sailor’s shirt composition MUST follow these exacting rules: “The body is to contain precisely 21 white stripes (20mm), and 20 or 21 indigo blue stripes (10mm). The three-quarter length…
OMG, I still can’t believe we are already in 2017!
I’m always amazed at how quickly the year has passed and how much has actually happened. The end of the year is always the perfect time to slow down a moment and reflect on the past years accomplishments and challenges. I especially enjoy thumbing through the years photographs and remembering all the wonderful destinations that I had the privilege to visit.
French Saffron was first cultivated in Southern France by the Romans. After the decline of the Roman Empire, its use all but disappeared until the Moors brought it back again during the Black Death Era as a potential cure. In fact, demand became so strong that Pirates would target Saffron import ships instead of those loaded with gold bars or coins. The disappearance of a Saffron Ship even sparked the 14 week long “Saffron War”.
The Saffron Fields of Provence… When you think of Saffron, you probably think of golden hues, exotic scents, and warm climates in faraway places. But Provence? Olives and Lavender, yes… But never once did I consider it as a viable Saffron growing territory. The Crocus bulbs that are responsible for Saffron (Crocus sativus (Iridaceae) have one very important soil requirement – excellent drainage. Crocus bulbs hate wet feet… So, after all, what better place than Provence with its rocky terrain and hot dry climate!
Have you heard of the Colorado Provencal? The Wild West in Provence? Imagine the stunning colors of Arizona’s Grand Canyon at dusk, and you will have an idea of the beauty awaiting you. Sands in infinte shades red, orange, yellow, and even white glow under the bright golden sun of Provence against a bright blue sky. A site created through the fantastic joint efforts of Mother Nature and Man.
Any Francophile worth their weight in Frog Legs has no excuse to miss out on today’s Bastille Day Celebrations!!! If you are lucky enough to be in Paris, then check out GGG’s Guide to Bastille Day in Paris. For the rest of us, there are still tons more options! Bastille Day Around the World Bastille Day in the United States…
Ready to go to Corsica ??? Hopefully if you read my previous post series on Corsica, you are all excited and raring to go… If not, make sure to check out the full series starting with “Wonderful Magical Corsica“.
“Sweet, romantic, full of that dreamy 60’s vibe…” In honor of today, the first day of summer, enjoy this charming clip by The French Pop Dream and have yourself a glorious summer full of sun, fun, and good times! Download the MP3 version here: “The First Day of Summer” Happy Travels, -Girl Gone Gallic
Corsican History A glimpse into Corsica’s tumultuous and complicated past… You might wonder why, but there is a real reason Corsicans have such a hard edge and are known to bomb enemies, burn homes, and uphold blood feuds.