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In reverse, Sète reads ... "summers" in French. Known as the little French Venice, we love it ... For its port, its canals, its majestic sea theater overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean. In the city where Paul Valéry and Georges Brassens were born, one cannot help starting this story on a poetic note. Called the singular island or the "Venice of Languedoc" for its canal, Sète is a pretty town in Occitanie bordered by a saltwater lagoon and sandy beaches. Its fishing port and various maritime activities have allowed this city to prosper for several centuries. Carried by its changing winds, the Mediterranean is a capricious sea: the sailors needed a new shelter in deep water, which will lead after years to the birth of the port of Sète. The laying of the first stone of the mole Saint-Louis marked the access to the open sea. Born of nothing, Sète is a cosmopolitan city with various Mediterranean influences. The reputation of the city will flourish very quickly thanks to its wine and cooperage, exported to the north of Europe. Sète is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, known for the production of these wines. Enjoy your stay in Sète to discover the vineyards of the hinterland and taste the diversity of Languedoc wines, raised on a terroir bathed in sunshine. In addition to learning the history of the vineyard, you will enjoy a range of varied wines: dry and fresh white, fruity rosé, velvety red and spicy, a real taste bliss. Although Sète resembles Venice with its canals that are visible from one of our beautiful apartment, it has the advantage of offering sumptuous beaches and beautiful sunsets all year long. The beaches of the Corniche or Lazaret are two very pretty sandy beaches, composed of several coves of sand. It is not the water activities that are missing in Sète! Scuba diving, sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, jet-skiing ... Just let us know the activity of your choice, we will take care of the reservation. The salines of Sète are of unparalleled beauty. Discover the salt tables and their pink waters for an exceptional trip. You can discover them by train, by bike, on foot but also in a 4x4 accompanied by a guide. Choose your preferred mode of transport and come enjoy a panoramic view like no other. You can also discover them on horseback, for a romantic and breathtaking ride. In the surroundings Not far from Sète, is the Camargue, a French natural region located at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a place with an exceptional living heritage: you can see flamingos and all kinds of birds. A few minutes from Sète, the city of Marseillan is known for its horses Camarguais. Take this opportunity to go horseback riding in a natural setting, between land and sea. Located in the south of France, Sète is lined with several cities to visit absolutely. We have made a selection, with activities not to be missed. Montpellier About 30 minutes from Sète is the pretty town of Montpellier. Dynamic and sunny, this pretty city is full of things to do. Exhibitions, cultural visits, stroll through its medieval streets or simply a glass of fresh white wine: a preparation for the evening that awaits you, the city being known for these evenings with multiple bars and nightclubs. Our suggestions: ➢ The jardin des plantes ➢ St. Peter's Cathedral ➢ The Idée Saveurs restaurant (French cuisine): 5 rue Four des Flammes +33 4 67 29 88 62 How to get there? ➢ By TER from Sète station to Montpellier Saint-Roch station: 20 minutes ➢ By car via the D612: 40 minutes Cap d’Agde Cruise, vineyards and colorful experiences: Cap d'Agde is full of surprises. Only 30 minutes from Sète, it is the ideal place to discover beautiful beaches, enjoy the Aqua Park and visit all the small villages nearby. It is also a privileged place to celebrate: multiple nightclubs and organized parties attract tourists to dance until sunrise! Our suggestions: ➢ The Ephèbe museum: La Clape roundabout +33 4 67 94 69 60 ➢ The aquarium: 11 rue des 2 frères, +33 4 67 26 14 21 ➢ The Fuzion restaurant (Mediterranean cuisine): 162 route de Rochelongue +33 4 67 21 03 81 How to get there? ➢ TER from Sète station to Agde station: 40 minutes ➢ By car via the D2: 30 minutes Aigues Mortes This pretty town is about 45 minutes from Sète. At the height of Gothic architecture, the fortifications of Aigues-Mortes constitute a remarkably preserved ensemble. From the ramparts or from the dungeon terrace, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Camargue and saline whose colors alternate from blue to purple. Our suggestions: ➢ Book your Camargue cruise thanks to the tourist office: +33 4 66 53 73 00 ➢ Visit of the Petit Rhône reserve: D202 St gilles road 30600 Sylvereal +33 6 81 95 83 46 ➢ The restaurant Le Patio'Né (Mediterranean cuisine): 16 rue Sadi Carnot +33 9 82 31 51 73 How to get there ? ➢ By intercity train + TER from Sète station to Aigues Mortes station: 2h ➢ By car via the D612 and D62: 50 minutes Mireval Halfway between Montpellier and Sète, this charming town and its economic activity are mainly based on the culture of the vineyard, whose production of Muscat wine has been known as AOC since 1959. To discover: remarkable landscapes, greenery and sunny days. Our suggestions: ➢ The Rabelais winery: Avenue de Verdun +33 4 67 78 15 79 How to get there ? ➢ Intercity train + TER from Sète station to Vic - Mireval: 50 minutes ➢ By car via the D612: 18 minutes Les calanques de Cassis A paradise location on the banks of the Mediterranean; turquoise water, small intimate coves and majestic cliffs: the perfect place to unwind. Our suggestions: ➢ La Plage Bleue restaurant (Mediterranean cuisine): Port Miou district +33 4 42 01 15 40 ➢ The restaurant L'Atelier Gastronomique (French cuisine): 24 rue de l'Arène +33 4 42 71 84 72 How to get there? ➢ by car via the A9: 2H15 minutes The city of Sète also has a complete network of intramural buses and to nearby towns. We invite you to get closer to the tourist office to find the schedules, routes and maps of the different lines. Sète Tourist Office: 60 rue Mario Roustan +33 4 99 04 71 71 Your holidays, our priority With your feet in the water, your adventure across France is just beginning. In order to allow you to live a new adventure, Hometown Experience has selected the best French destinations, and has created for you a range of services adapted to your needs Whatever the time and place, the Hometown Experience team accompanies you every moment of your trip. Enjoy France in the best way possible. For all questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more
In the 19th century, the land of the rising sun opened to the world. Thereafter we can say that France and Japan have forged close cultural ties and developed a mutual fascination. The French admiration for this nation on the other side of the globe was born thanks to the refinement of the Japanese: cinema, cooking or art, all of which the Japanese excel. European art inspired by Japanese culture is called Japonisme, but it should be noted that if the French are passionate about this beautiful country, the Japanese are not left out! French chefs like Alain Ducasse and cinema are all the rage in Japan. But back to our topic of the day, when the Japanese culture decides to slip into the daily lives of Parisians ... Japanese art, a visual delight The Japanese creativity is put in the spotlight in Paris through numerous exhibitions, films, shows, conferences, workshops ... There is something for everyone. The know-how and mastery of objects as well as traditional arts are at the heart of Japanese culture: for the Japanese, art is a means of expressing beauty, elegance, serenity and Zen spirit. La Maison de la culture du Japan in Paris highlights several events that will immerse you in this varied and refined culture: exhibitions of popular paintings, conferences on the crossing from the East to the West, shows and concerts of various instruments including the piano by Jun Kanno. Many workshops including Shiatsu classes are available. The Guimet Museum, devoted to Asian arts since the 19th century, contains many collections and exhibitions consecrated to Japan: they offer a varied panel of Japanese art for decades. The exhibitions are temporary: just go to the museum website given above, and click on the "exhibitions" tab. Yoga classes for children as well as storytelling workshops are sometimes organized during the school holidays: a very fun way to introduce the beauties of Japanese culture to your child! Culinary secrets No need to wonder how many Japanese restaurants are present in Paris ... They are innumerable! You can confirm this if you have already strolled in the streets of the capital, or if you have plans to do so soon. To savor a taste of Japan in Paris, go to rue Saint-Anne. It is full of many Japanese restaurants including sushi, very famous ramens (sometimes 1 hour waiting to taste one of these delicious bowls...). It has the advantage of grouping a multitude of restaurants, but small pearls also hide elsewhere in the capital... Here is our selection of the best addresses scattered in Paris: Ramen Bowl Whether you are unconditional fans or simple fans, we have found for you the ultimate address to enjoy a delicious bowl of ramen. A refined and warm decoration, light wood furniture, bright bar, Ramen Bowl is a Japanese stall of modern times. From the open kitchen, the curious are invited to watch the Japanese chef and his team prepare the recipe for this famous broth. 44 rue de Ponthieu Such. : 09 81 27 77 16 Sapporo This Japanese restaurant on Saint Anne's Street is always busy. The specialty of the house is the ramen. It is therefore in a popular and friendly atmosphere that people from everywhere come just to enjoy this traditional and very popular dish from Japan, a noodle soup made from broth. A real treat for a reasonable budget, between 12 and 15 euros the meal. 37 rue Sainte-Anne Yasube According to the saying, a Japanese restaurant who has Japanese during lunch time is a good Japanese place ! This is the case of Yasube, a traditional cuisine restaurant. A very Zen decor, sober and refined, where the favorite dish is none other than the famous bento, an authentic and generous Japanese picnic lunch to eat on site. 9 rue Sainte-Anne The 3 chocolates For all those of you with a sweet tooth, there is in the Marais a shop that blends Western and Asian flavors: The 3 chocolates. You will find all kinds of chocolate and fruity sweets, worked in the greatest finesse. 45 rue Saint-Paul Aki Boulanger To end on a sweet note, here is a bakery revisiting the best French classics in the art of the Japanese tradition. The quality of the product is original and of rigor. 16 rue Saint-Anne The mangas, the inevitable A manga is a Japanese comic. The word manga is also sometimes used to designate, by extension, a non-Japanese comic strip respecting the codes of popular Japanese productions. Mangas translated into French are generally read in the original sense, that is, from right to left. France is the second largest consumer of manga in the world after Japan: lovers of mangas, you will find your happiness in Paris. Our first recommendation: the manga coffee. It is a Japanese concept that consists in creating a stress free place and of relaxation in which is made available a large library of manga. There is also the possibility of having fun between two readings through video games made available. Themed evenings and other animations and events punctually beat up the life of the café. In 2019 will be held the 27th edition of Paris Manga. This event is a reference in terms of manga and science fiction. It is the rendezvous of Japanese animation, movie stars and TV series, cosplays, showcases, video games; animation and martial arts. In the program of each edition: guests from all over the world, demonstrations and initiations, quizzes and conferences, 200 stands of animations and shops to find the latest trends direct from Japan and the United States .... Paris Japan Expo: 30 minutes from Paris, this is a must event for lovers of Japan and its culture. From manga to martial arts, from video games to Japanese folklore, from J-music to traditional music ... A place of discovery and pleasure mixing traditions and novelties.Read more
A story rich full of surprises Did you know that Alfama is a derivative of the Arabic "alfa maa", which means the thousand sources? Charming name for this emblematic and typical neighborhood of our city of a thousand colors! Located between the Castelo de Sao Jorge and Tagus, you will find many historical attractions and restaurants ... Let us guide you. Alfama is a very welcoming neighborhood with a village atmosphere. It is considered one of the oldest districts of the city and hosts every year several popular festivals such as that of St. Anthony of Padua from June 12 to 13. Dominated in turn by Eastern and Western influences, Alfama bears the imprint of the four corners of the world: that's what makes it so charming. The district has in its dominions a group of thermal sources, hence the origin of its name mentioned above. At the top of Alfama sits the famous Castelo de Sao Jorge, a medieval castle that was the royal residence until the sixteenth century. To observe the city and its monuments, it is necessary to reach the miradouros: that of Santa Luzia is one of the most known. Close to it is the Museum of Decorative Arts, a 17th century manor house with magnificent interiors. Located in the former palace of the Count of Azurara (17th century), this museum evokes everyday life in Lisbon in the 17th and 18th century through a succession of small intimate rooms decorated with azulejos and frescoes. The latter are adorned with Portuguese and Indo-Portuguese furniture, collections of silverware, Chinese porcelain and several tapestries from the 16th and 18th centuries. The 3rd floor has a temporary exhibition hall and a cafeteria with a welcoming patio. Address: Largo das Portas do Sol 2, 1100 Lisboa Phone: +351 218 881 991 Our best culinary addresses After a long walk, nothing beats a meal prepared with care! Pateo 13 For a picturesque dinner in the busy streets of Lisbon, nothing beats the Pateo 13: enjoy your fresh fish and white bread under musical notes played by street musicians: a moment full of life, filled with joy and satiation! Calçadinha de Santo Estêvão 13, 1100-219 Lisboa, Portugal Canto Da Vila A Brazilian restaurant in Lisbon: a place not to be missed. On a small terrace, enjoy a fresh mojito while choosing in which form you want to taste your cod ... Copious and delicious! Portugal 2, Rua Limoeiro, 1100-538 Lisboa, Portugal Fado Na Morgadinha The perfect place to eat and dance Fado, a traditional Portuguese music. You also have the possibility to just have a drink while admiring the dancers from the bar. Largo Peneireiro 5, 1100-219 Lisboa, Portugal Cruzes Credo For a vintage brunch, it's the place to be! A good burger, a salad accompanied by a fresh fruit juice: something to reinvigorate in after discovering the streets of Lisbon. R, Cruzes da Se 29, 1100-192 Lisboa, Portugal O Prego To enjoy a hamburger or tapas in a festive setting. Just like at home, come and restore yourself, O Prego! 18, Largo Menino de Deus 14, 1100-375 Lisboa, Portugal Must-See: The Fado Fado is a traditional Portuguese musical style. There is often a singer or a singer accompanied by two or three people with instruments (guitar, Portuguese guitar, at times violin and cello). The Fado is listened to in total silence, and puts forward a multitude of emotions (the saudade in Portuguese). In the district of Alfama, here are 2 places to discover fado: Fado em Si is an institution where all the big names of fado have occurred. Fine food, 4 to 5 professional fadistes each evening that offer a high quality service: the ideal conditions to discover the Portuguese tradition of fado. Arco de Jesus 7, Alfama, 1100-037 Museu do Fado (Fado Museum), where an outdoor concert is regularly held on the terrace. To discover the entire history of fado ... Largo do Chafariz of Dentro 1Read more
Gastronomy mixed with tradition In Portuguese, "Merry Christmas" is called "Feliz Natal" and Christmas Eve is called "Consoada". The Portuguese Christmas meal is not a colossal meal consisting of a thousand and one dishes: it is a simple dinner, giving the family the opportunity to gather around the table to enjoy tasty dishes steeped in tradition. Legend has it that there are 365 ways to cook the famous Portuguese cod, a recipe for every day of the year. On Christmas day, it will be cooked in the most humble way possible: "bacalhau cozido", boiled with potatoes and cabbages cooked in water. After the meal, a special place must be kept for the many desserts that are wisely waiting to be savored after the midnight mass, otherwise called "Missa do Galo", the rooster mass. This is an important religious tradition. The return of the Mass sounds the tasting of the desserts and the opening of the presents, for the biggest pleasure of the children. The list of desserts is long and varied: the most famous is surely the "Bolo Rei", a cake of kings shaped in a crown and composed of dried crystallized fruits. It is a pastry normally served on January 6th, date during which the gifts were given for a long time, symbolic of the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus. There is also rice pudding, French toast and "filhos", donuts made from bread dough, brandy and orange. The "pao do lo" made of eggs and flavored with orange or lemon is also a delight. An old tradition is that during Christmas, family members give each other an orange with cloves as a symbol of prosperity. Unlike some European countries, the Christmas tree is less present in Portuguese families who prefer the Christmas cradle. A selection of the most diverse Followed by Lille, Munich, Amsterdam and many others, Lisbon is at the head of the 10 best European cities to enjoy Christmas. Retro, antique and family shopping are added to the major luxury brands and brands known to all. We have selected for you various markets accessible in town, with different themes for everyone's tastes. Traditional Christmas Market (Avenida da Igreja) From December 7th to the 16th, this family market welcomes you in a colorful and festive atmosphere. Crafts, gastronomic specialties and animations as well as Santa Claus will be present. It is the perfect place to find nice memories and have a good time in a warm atmosphere. Craft & Design (Jardim da Estrela) Located in one of the most beautiful gardens of Lisbon, Jardim da Estrela, this market includes the creators and artisans of ceramics, photography, illustrations, jewelry, fashion ... It takes place the first weekend of each month. The Campo Pequeno Christmas Market (Campo Pequeno Station) In the big arenas of Campo Pequeno, more than 100 exhibitors will be present to present you various articles coming exclusively from Portugal. Buying in this market helps support small artisans and national creators, all while delighting yourself ! Time Out Market (Mercado da Ribeira) It is a must in Lisbon. It is a covered market where you can eat thanks to the 30 small kiosks lined up, which will serve you to drink, to eat with the possibility of buying local specialties. Glaciers, pastry chefs, cocktail bar ... You'll be spoiled for choice. During Christmas, Lisbon shines Christmas in Lisbon is an adventure full of lights and colors. The whole city is decorated with beautiful illuminations, and particularly the district of Baixa. The inauguration of the illuminations begins on December 1st at 18h. The famous trade square will welcome, just like every year, the big Christmas tree of about 30 meters high, decorated with more than 86,000 Led bulbs. Wonderland Lisboa is an event not to be missed: it is the transformation of the Edward VII Park into a magical world with several activities: giant wheel, ice rink, handicraft sale counters ... It is a place of fun, shopping and relaxation. The city of Lisbon also offers many free street concerts in churches and other places of worship in Lisbon, as well as songs and shows. From December 1st to January 6th, participate in the largest indoor funfair, Diverlandia, at the Nations Park. On the program: rides for young and old, and breathtaking attractions! In the same category, do not miss Circo no Coliseu, a magnificent Christmas circus at the Lisbon Coliseum, from December 1st to the 26th! To end your parties in style, take your children to see the great ice musical show Alice o Pais Maravilhas no gelo (Alice in Wonderland on Ice). Performances will take place from November 23rd, 2018 to January 6, 2019.Read more
Hometown Experience welcomes you to the Alps Skiing, sledding, rolling in the snow and slalom at full speed: you've done it many times; you're the queen of the slopes! The mountain hides no secrets for you ... But this year, a happy event may turn everything upside down: your round belly needs softness and protection. Do not worry, just because you're pregnant for ski does not mean you'll have to watch the snow fall through the window. Thankfully, our charming resorts of Méribel and Megève are filled with things to do, specially designed for you and your future baby. First of all, let us introduce you to our magnificent chalets, located respectively in Méribel and Megève. Our luxurious chalet with pool in Meribel is located in the heart of the 3 valleys. Jacuzzi, sauna and swimming pool equipped with a system of swimming against the current: enough to keep you in shape while enjoying a nice view facing the snow-covered passes. Cozy, refined, spacious and comfortable, this cocoon will be perfect to welcome your family and friends! Regarding our sumptuous chalet in Megève, it is as dazzling as the precedent: prestige and magic will surely be the words that will come to your mind when you step on the ground. Cinema room, swimming pool, sauna or massage room to allow you to relax in peace: just by staying in this magical place, a multitude of things to do await you. A breathtaking view of Mont Blanc will accompany your comings and goings on the different floors. Our concierge team is here to meet your expectations: home chef, private masseuse ... Your desires become realities. Contact us at email@example.com. If you wish to have your groceries or breakfast delivered to you, simply inform us when you are preparing your stay: they will be delivered before your arrival. Some practial tips Being pregnant for ski requires respecting certain things, in order to preserve your well being and that of your baby’s. As usual, do not be shy with sunscreen: a spf of 50 is required. Cover up, eat well ... You already know it! In the mountains, it is fun, including a delicious raclette or fondue Savoyard. Indeed, not all cheeses are recommended during pregnancy; this concerns soft pasta with raw milk: if your cheese is cooked, you can feast without fear and heat the raclette! With regards to the Megève and Méribel stations, foot traffic is very easy and safe, with streets and sidewalks cleared daily. A service of free and regular shuttles as well as very accessible cable cars facilitate the more distant places and altitudes. Nevertheless from the chalets, a car will be needed to access the city center. For the past ten years, the Méribel station has been providing pedestrians with more than 25 km of trails: a list of trails is updated daily throughout the winter season. The Méribel pedestrian pass gives you access to the 3 Valley cable cars, as well as to the Saint Martin 2 chairlift and the intramural shuttles in the 3 valleys stations. For a walk, a snowshoe outing or simply a coffee break, the Megève pedestrian escape package will also be very useful! It covers a wide area, and can be used summer and winter on all pedestrian accessible lifts. The activities When it's cold outside, it's always nice to get pampered: the wellness center for pregnant women of Megève is for you. Thalasso discovery care, hammam and relaxation area ... Choose what you like and let yourself be lulled by the soft and cozy atmosphere of the spa. As specialists of future mothers, the Fermes de Marie Spa in Megève and the Fer à Cheval Spa are inspired by rituals from abroad, particularly from Asia, to provide young mothers with specific massages full of benefits. . The resort of Méribel also has many spas and wellness areas that you can find on our previous blog post, well being and softness in Méribel. Walking in the mountains is a wonderful way to enjoy the landscape without getting tired. Discover Mont Vallon de Méribel, one of the mythical peaks of the resort. Rejuvenate on the sunny terrace of the comfort area of plan des mains, charming mountain restaurant at altitude. If you feel like it, you can also escape thanks to the gondola and discover the highest peaks of the Vanoise thanks to the panoramic orientation tables located at 3000m in altitude. You can also choose to go snowshoeing, typical and convenient way to walk in the snow! The resort offers many original activities, such as evenings and meals in yurts, tours... Enjoy activities that do not require real physical efforts, such as the discovery of the architectural and historical heritage of the resorts. An ancient agricultural town, Megeve developed by small touches until the attachment of Savoy to France. The first ski competition was created in 1914 and as the starting point for the development of the ski resort. A journalist named Mathilde Maige-Lefournier, mountaineer from Chambéry said, "I believe that Megève was created for skiing and skiing invented for Megève". A spotlight that had its influence and made the village a hot spot for winter sports. Pretty churches, chapels and museum of the upper Val d'Arly: travel in the past for a moment of memory and unique emotions. Gourmet and feminine addresses Holidays are made for pleasure! Why not enjoy them while the rest of the family is on the slopes? Gourmet addresses, pretty shops, we’ll tell you everything about your 2 favorite stations. Megève For a sweet break, you're spoiled for choice. Many bakeries and pastries are present and open during the season. Our tip: The bread and pastry Jean-François Fayolle, designated best worker of France in bakery. You will have a wide choice of breads, delicacies, pastries, sorbets, and sandwiches... Regarding shopping, the temptation is to buy from the 200 shops of the resort! Beauty, fashion, souvenirs ... From Hermes to local shops, you are definitely guaranteed to find your happiness. You can also choose to be pampered at home by your hairdresser or beautician. Méribel Place of life and meeting, Laurent Azoulay's Bokal épicerie is a gold mine for epicureans. Cocoon gourmet cultivating the art of good food with good and beautiful products in a rigorous selection, it is a place full of surprises and things to discover: pumpkin soup with hazelnut oil, orange carrot smoothie and mango ... A real taste of pleasure. Its not the shops that are missing in Meribel: fantasy jewelry, sports shops, women's ready to wear ... Just wander in the center of the station and stop wherever you want: something to do and not see the time pass...Read more