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Balade Gourmande Carey Taylor French Alps

France is known for gourmet food and the French Alps for the beautiful landscape and nature. Add a dash of fitness, mix them together and you have the recipe for a Balade Gourmande!

A Balade Gourmand is a gastronomic walk, usually between 5K – 9K with stops every kilometer or so to enjoy a pairing of food and drink with some type of entertainment.

I was first introduced to this a few years ago in the vineyards of the French Alps.
It was such a good experience, I search for them each year.

They usually occur during warm weather month, June – September and showcase local products. Most of the balade gourmands I have attended pair local, French regional wines along with tapas size local, organic food.

Balade Gourmande Brison Saint Innocent
The walk begins and the first stop has some type of entertainment and with a starter / appetizer. Then a kilometer or so later, another animation with a small dish, followed by another, then cheese and dessert. All accompanied by wine. (read more…)

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Ballet de Savoie performers with Carey Taylor - Le Prince

When I lived in NYC I often went to the theatre. I loved seeing Broadway musicals, off-Broadway plays, the ballet and the opera. I really took advantage of all the culture and diversity NYC had to offer.

So when I heard about the  Festival Mondial des Cultures du Monde de Chambéry, which translates to the World Festival of World Cultures in ChambéryI had to find out more.

For the past 50 years, dance troupes from over 200 countries have come to the Rhone-Alps region of France to perform traditional dances with live music accompaniment.

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When I first arrived in Annecy without any French language, and in need of prescription glasses, I noted Au Fidèle Berger, as a land mark.

Conveniently located on the corner of 2 Rue Royale, in the center of Annecy, this location was were I could remember how far the lake was, how far the bus was, and not be too lost. The windows were welcoming, the outdoor tables, charming and the name read, “the faithful burger.”

While that may seem insulting now that I know the actual name and meaning, at the time it was endearing.  I was homesick and seeing the ‘faithful burger’ made me smile.

After I got some much needed reading glasses, and visited inside, I realized that my faithful burger landmark was ‘Au Fidèle Berger‘. This translates to “the faithful shepherd.”  This is no ordinary chocolatier or patisserie, this is an Annecy landmark.

French Patisserie Au fidele berger

Au Fidèle Berger is to Annecy what La Durée is to Paris. While it is (read more…)

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BeFit Aix les bains, France

I am always up for new things to do, especially if they are wellness related.

I saw an event called BeFit being advertised so this past weekend, I attended the BeFit event at the Grand Port in aix-les-bains, France.  The location was ideal. Aix-lesbains, aka, the Alps Riviera is located on Lac Bourget and is nestled between the French Alps and the Jura mountains.

Luckily, the weather was great too! Hot enough to paddle board and swim and but cool enough for a run. There is little humidity in the French Alps which makes it very pleasant.

BeFit Aix-les-Bains Carey Taylor Le Prince

BeFit Aix-les-Bains   Carey Taylor Le Prince

BeFit ais-les-bains was a 2 day fitness event held Saturday, June 9 and Sunday June 10th that had a variety of courses including (read more…)

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Cours d'Art Floral  Brison Saint Innocent, France

All towns in France have a Mairie, the town hall and Mayor’s office that is often located in the center of the town and usually has a church close by. In fact, if you select a town without an address (just the city) on a GPS in France, it will take you to the Mairie. The Mairie is responsible for governance of the town as well as culture and community. Usually, there is a benevolent, aka, volunteers that form associations and propose and approve activities.

These activities range from celebrations like the ‘fête nationale’, Bastille Day on July 14th, and ‘vide-greniers et brocantes’, a big neighborhood garage sale, music concerts, sport activities such as yoga and walking groups, as well as workshops. If you’re lucky, the French town will offer many activities.

‘Mon petit village’ in the French Alps recently offered a Cours d’Art Floral that translates to a floral art course. I immediately signed up, as
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