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ARLES, FRANCE & VINCENT VAN GOGH This experience of Déjà-vu has happened to me only one other time – at the Cenote Sacrificial at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico. Being a practical person, I still have a tendency to be more of an unbeliever in the mystery of cloudy remembrances than not. But this time so many years later, it happened again, in Arles, France. I felt I had been there before, but now, I think it had to do with how much I knew, and maybe also, how much I had forgotten, about Vincent van Gogh. I had studied art history in college, and knew something about van Gogh’s works, but mostly I was fascinated by how his mental states, which were teetering in later life, between an anxious sanity and clouded mania, affected his work. But I had ostensibly forgotten much of that, although one of my…

Perfectly positioned just 90 kilometers to the west of Paris in Haute-Normandie, the sheer indulgence of this refined and exceptional property will be enough to set even the most discerning buyer’s pulse racing. Replete with opulence, sophistication, and grace, this breathtakingly luxurious French chateau is simply indescribable. The embodiment of class and refinement, this impressive chateau seamlessly combines historic grandeur with a lavish and sumptuous interior all set within an impressive parkland setting. In addition to the extraordinary chateau that sits at the heart of the gardens, there is also a 100m² caretaker’s house, a 300m² outbuilding, and a small chapel that dates back to the 13th century. The estate features a total of 16 bedrooms, eight of which have ensuite bathrooms. There are also three self-contained studios with attached kitchenette. Welcoming Grand Entrance to Lavish Luxuriousness This estate is particularly remarkable for a number of reasons. As you approach…

A visit to Château de Beaucastel, Famille Perrin’s legendary wine estate in Chateauneuf du Pape is a must see. The beautiful estate – based in the South of France – is located in a superb surrounding. Famille Perrin’s world-renowned wines and great restaurant (Black truffles are now served until end of February at L’Oustalet) are definitely worth the visit. About Famille Perrin From the legendary Château de Beaucastel to the partnership with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at Miraval, Famille Perrin has experienced more than a century of success. Voted Personality of the Year 2014 by the leading European wine magazine – Decanter Magazine – Famille Perrin is now the largest owner of vineyards in the best terroirs of the Southern Rhone Valley. Famille Perrin is both a pioneer and visionary family: a pioneer in organic farming since 1953 and in biodynamic winegrowing since 1970, the first to have used the…

LES PASTRAS ORGANIC TRUFFLE FARM TOUR – TRUFFLE HUNTING “There are two types of people who eat truffles: those who think truffles are good because they are dear and those who know they are dear because they are good.” — J.L. Vaudoyer Looking for a deliciously unique experience in France? Why not experience Provence, off the beaten track with one of France’s most traditional and secretive countryside traditions: The truffle hunt! LES PASTRAS conducts truffle-hunting tours in English during summer and winter truffle seasons, followed by a sampling of fresh truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and a tasting of Les Pastras’s olive and truffle oil. An interesting experience, immersed in nature and capped off with fine food for a totally olfactory experience! http://www.lespastras.com

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