- No extra costs
- Bonuses available only to our clients
- Personalised advice and assistance
- Personally vetted accommodation
- Free driving in France guide
- We love France and hope you will too !!
Les Fleurons is a delightful 17th century townhouse in the centre of the historic part of Amboise in the heart of the Loire region. It’s located with the Loire river on one side and the Royal Château just across the narrow street. There are views from all the rooms, either across the river or to the Château ramparts. Les Fleurons is ideally situated within just a few moments stroll to excellent restaurants, shops and the market. Both the Royal Château and Leonardo da Vinci’s small château – Clos Lucé – are also an easy walk. Amboise offers the perfect base for visiting the châteaux of the Loire (e.g. Chenonceau, Chambord) and local vineyards. The town is only just over 2 hours drive from Paris, and fast trains take you to nearby Tours.
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Accommodation/Barges in France
& French Classes
The French Collection is your entrée to Accommodation and Barging in France plus French Classes.
French Classes & Lessons
We provide French Classes in Sydney (Epping) and the Central Coast, NSW. In addition, we can facilitate French immersion classes in Paris. The classes are led by Gay Bird – an experienced teacher who is fluent in French and loves everything to do with France and the French. The many testimonials from her students demonstrate just how well her French lessons are received. These French Classes operate for absolute beginners, for those wishing to brush-up on their French and for those wishing to have basic French in place prior to travelling to France. As well, Gay teaches French for HSC students and she takes advanced French for those who are studying at university levels. For more information, please contact us.
Accommodation in France
We spend time every year in France, adding new accommodation options across France, and checking that our existing accommodation partners in France are maintaining their standards. Thus, our Accommodation in France partners have been personally vetted by us for quality and service. The accommodation caters for most budgets and includes B&B’s, châteaux and hotels. We particularly focus on accommodation in Provence, Dordogne, Burgundy, Loire, Pyrénées and the World War 1 region of Picardie/Somme. Many of our Accommodation in France partners offer complimentary bonuses for French Collection clients only.
Barging in France (& Europe)
With our partner who has over 20 years experience as a barge operator and tour organiser, we can assist in finding the right canal or river cruise to suit your interest, budget and style. Please see our Barging page.
Tips and Tricks for Enjoying France
We also offer insights into how to best enjoy your French travel experience and avoid the pitfalls that others have made. These cover driving in France, understanding French wines, money matters, mobiles, advice on restaurants, weather and many other aspects.
Please enjoy our site and we’d be delighted to have any feedback you might offer.
Regards Gay & Chris Bird
French classes for Term 1, 2019 will commence in February. On offer are classes for Beginners, Intermediate and Continuers. Classes are held in the day and evening at Killcare on the Central Coast. Please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your place for future classes. Classes are no longer held in Sydney.
French Win Cricket Silver Medal at Olympics
No it’s not a mistake, but it is old news !! France did indeed win an Olympic silver medal in cricket at the 1900 Games held in Paris. But they have never even been close to qualifying for the Cricket World Cup and are currently the 10th ranked European nation in World Cup style 50-over cricket. For more info go here.
ANZAC Day – Villers Bretonneux Accommodation
As is customary, Australians will flock to France to commemorate ANZAC Day, with Villers Bretonneux typically being a focus especially with the newly opened Monash Museum. We have an ideal place for you to stay near Villers at Château d’Omiecourt.
Major events include:
- Vaison La Romaine (Provence): Georges Brassers Festival (May)
- Sarlat (Dordogne): Journée du Terroir – 2 day local produce market (May)
- Paris: French Open, Tennis (June)
- Strasbourg: International Music Festival (June)
- Montpellier: International Dance Festival (June)
- Dinan (Brittany): Fête des Remparts (medieval) (July)
See our Festivals site for more information, plus see our Posts under News for great tips and tricks.
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