Belmond Afloat in France launches Wine Academy

Lunch onboard The Amaryllis, photography JP Masclet

Lunch onboard The Amaryllis, photography JP Masclet

Who? Belmond

What? For guests travelling aboard the Belmond Afloat in France barges in Burgundy this year, Blemond has launched a new Wine Academy program. The new offering gives guests the opportunity to explore the Burgundy wine region on tailor-made itineraries while enjoying a luxury canal cruise. A week’s private charter starts from £26,400 on an all-inclusive basis. Wine Academy is available for an additional £700 per person.

When? 29th March to 18th October 2015

Where? Departure varies according to itinerary

How? For more information, see

Summer reading: The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison

The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison

Who? Kathe Lison

What? Consider yourself a cheese fanatic? So does Kathe Lison. Well, French cheese in particular. In The Whole Fromage, Lison sets out to learn all about these stinky dairy products from different parts of France. This is a book about how they’re made, where they’re made and all the traditions that go into it.

When? Available now

Where? Available online and in store

How? Buy now from Amazon

Summer reading: Saving Our Skins by Caro Feely

Saving our skins by Caro Feely

Who? Caro Feely

What? Owning a vineyard might be the dream of many but few make it financially viable. Saving Our Skin is the story of Sean and Caro Feely trying to create an organic vineyard in the South of France. As well as building the vineyard of their dreams, the book is about finding a new life in a new country and all the struggles that come with it.

When? Available now

Where? Available online and in store

How? Buy now from Amazon

Luminessences d’Avignon returns to the city

Les Luminessences d'Avignon, photo by Amaclio

Les Luminessences d’Avignon, photo by Amaclio

Who? City of Avignon

What? The Luminessences d’Avignon is returning to the city once again for its annual installation celebrating the papal heritage of the region. The venue is the largest gothic palace in the Europe and was built in only twenty years under the reign of two Popes. As one of the two Papal seats, the palace was home to seven Popes and two schismatic Popes. For the duration of the installation, the historic Honour Courtyard at The Palace of the Popes will be transformed intothe canvas for a stunning sound and light show.

When? 12th August until 11th October 2014

Where? Palaise des Papes, Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France

How? For more information, see

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Golf, wine and gastronomy at Château les Merles

Château les Merles, Bergerac

Who? Château les Merles

What? For a short break that combines golf, wine and gastronomy, Château les Merles is the perfect pit stop. Nestled in the middle of the Bergerac wine region, it’s also close to the truffle and foie gras producers of Périgueux. Thrown into the mix is a nine hole golf course that’s ready to test your shot. What could be better?

When? Open year round

Where? 3 Chemin des Merles, 24520 Mouleydier, France

How? For more information, see

Ten photos from Château les Merles

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