Buon Natale, Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten Winter is a wonderful time to visit to truly immerse yourself in the culture of Christmas. Glühwein or Glögg? Gingery Lebkuchen or torrone? The festive period, and the season of Christmas markets, is upon us. Large or small, each market reflects the culture of the…

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How to make cheese soufflé

Golden, airy and fluffy like a cloud, here is the undisputed king of all soufflés: the cheese soufflé, Soufflé au fromage in French, a purely French artistic performance. WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF SOUFFLÉ? The soufflé has a very specific origin in the history of gastronomy, that started in France in the first half of…

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Europe is the home of great wine. Countless wineries offer tastings and tours across hundreds of regions across the continent and you could easily spend the rest of your life wandering from one tasting room to another. But when your time in Europe is limited, you have to be more selective. Here are just A…

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If you’re traveling to France and you like cheese (who doesn’t?), it’s helpful to read a guide to French cheese that will help you determine which varieties to try. It’s not uncommon to feel little overwhelmed by choice in your quest for indulging in French cheese. Particularly, when entering into a fromagerie (cheese shop). Different French…

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Everything you need to know about the famed French cookware brand. While you may think yourself indifferent when it comes to the tools you use in the kitchen, talk to a Le Creuset super fan like myself and you’ll hear a different story. Famed for its colorful cast-iron collections that seemingly defy the test of…

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An estimated 12 million French people go to their boulangerie (bakery) every day.  But what do they buy there?  Baguettes (in many different varieties) are still the top-seller – the French really do love and eat them as much as stereotypes suggest.  But among other boulangerie staples are viennoiseries, pastries like palmiers, pains au lait, and the iconic croissants and pains au chocolat. Let’s take a mouthwatering…

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Pâtisserie, boulangerie, and viennoiserie – in the culinary world, you need to know what these commonly used French terms mean. What is pâtisserie? Pâtisserie is used to describe French pastries and the pastry shop they are sold in. Although the word is used quite liberally in English-speaking countries, in France and Belgium the law restricts its use…

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Place de la bourse in Bordeaux France at night

Have you ever heard that France is much more than Paris, its capital? Well, it’s true! Many travelers, especially those visiting for the first time, wonder where to go in France.  Yes, you do need to visit Paris, since it is deservedly renowned for being one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the…

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10 Day Wine Tour in France

A customized private tour & retreat is the safest way to travel! At Travels with Audrey we are committed to your safety. We are a family. A family company of dedicated guides, hoteliers, vetted suppliers, in-country associates  and most importantly you, our guests. Our priority has always been to not only keep clients safe, but…

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Scams to watch out for in Italy

The last thing anyone needs or wants is to fall prey to one of the many travel scams that seem prevalent these days. Travel is one of life’s great pleasures, and usually you are more interested in researching for sites you want to see and which restaurants you would like to visit, instead of what scams you should watch out for.

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