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Travel Tuesday: South West France

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By Lionel Hierso — LH Travel Designer
In today’s Travel Tuesday destination guide, we take a look at the South West region of France.

When to go
The South of France is a region where you can go all year long. From the ocean to the inland, you can really enjoy discovering this amazing part of France.

Dating
The main cities of this region are Bordeaux, Toulouse, Bayonne, Carcassone, Arcachon, Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Albi, Hossegor, Pau, Anglet, and Montauban. All of these main cities are gay friendly, and you can easily find gay bars, saunas, night clubs, cruising, restaurants, and naturist beaches.

This region also has one of France’s only gay hotels — Le Stelsia is a stunning resort in the Lot et Garonne area. Perfect for a romantic mini-break.

Accommodation
One of the main place to visit the south oust of France is the Lot et Garonne, not far from Bordeaux and Toulouse. I recommend to stay at the stunning gay-friendly hotel Le Stelsia. You can have a stunning double room including breakfast with access to the spa, swimming pool and two amazing restaurants including Michelin star gastronomic cuisine.

I can also recommend The Radisson and l’hotel du Palais in Biarritz, a stunning city close to the Spanish border.

All the hotels in this region are gay friendly.

Food
All over France you can find very good food, but especially in the south west region.

Here are the top 10 traditional food of the region.

  • Fois gras
  • Salade du sud oust
  • Le jambon de Bayonne
  • Le Pate de pomme de terre (potato pie)
  • Les truffes (very rare mushrooms)
  • Magert de Canard (duck speciality)
  • La piperade (marinated chicken with tomato sauce)
  • La garbure landaise (duck with potatoes and vegetables)
  • Axoa (mince marinated in tomato sauce and potato cake)
  • La lamproie a la bordelaise (local fish with jambon de Bayonne and chocolate)

You can ask for these specialities in all local restaurants

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🥘🍽️✔️Calories: 525 kcal P: 38g – G: 48g – L: 20g 🏋️🧘👙 ~ Taboulé sucré/salé de magret de canard ~ Ingrédients : 100g de magret de canard, 40g de semoule de blé (en cru), 20g de pois chiches, 5 tomates cerises, 1 datte, 10g d'amandes effilées grillées, 1 carré frais, 1 càs d'huile d'olive, 1càs de vinaigre balsamique, 1 càc de miel, du basilic. ~ Je dispose ma semoule dans un plat et je verse 60 ml d'eau bouillante additionnée de sel sur ma semoule. Je la couvre d'un torchon humide et je la laisse gonfler 15 min. Je quadrille la peau de mon magret de canard et je le cuis à la poêle, d'abord côté peau puis ensuite de l'autre côté. Je prépare l'assaisonnement de mon taboulé : je coupe mes tomates cerises en deux, je les place dans un ramequin avec l'huile d'olive, le vinaigre balsamique et le miel. Je cuis 1 min au micro-ondes et je verse sur ma semoule. J'ajoute la datte coupée en petits morceaux, les pois chiches et le basilic ciselé. Je mélange bien mon taboulé et je le parsème d'amandes effilées grillées à la poêle et du carré frais. Je sers mon taboulé, bien frais, avec le magret de canard 😋. Je sais pas vous, mais j'adore le sucré salé ! Cette recette a éveillé toutes mes papilles !! 😍😊 _________________________ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . Partagez moi aussi vos bonnes recettes saines et gourmandes et faites en profiter tout le monde avec le #ladietetiquerie 😉. . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _________________________ Consultations diététiques à votre domicile & préparation de vos repas, analyses de vos habitudes alimentaires & programmes nutritionnels personnalisés, coaching à distance. _________________________ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ .

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What to do

  • Mini cruises (standard or private)
  • Water sports
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Naturists sites (Les Manoques, Le Clos Barrat, Domaine Laborde)
  • Food tours and cuisine courses
  • Water and theme parks
  • Visit stunning monuments and castles
  • Visit the most famous vineyards
  • Surfing
  • Skiing
  • Bike rides
  • Horse rides

Contact Lionel Hierso — LH Travel Designer to start planning your next expedition or email [email protected]

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Travel Tips: Cancún, Mexico

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Situated on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, bordering the Caribbean Sea, Cancún is known for its beaches, resorts, and nightlife.

Cancún is composed of two distinct areas — El Centro which is the more traditional downtown area, and Zona Hotelera which is a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops, and restaurants.

How to get there

  • There are direct flights to Cancún from most major airport hubs across North America.
  • If you’re flying for Europe, you’ll most likely have to change once. Prices start from around £600 per person.
  • British Airways does offer some direct flights from London Gatwick to Cancún.
  • Package holidays might be the most cost effective way to experience Cancún. Options include Club Med and Tui.

When to go

  • Peak season for Cancún is December to April.
  • Wettest months are generally September and October. It can rain at any time of the year, but rain is generally short bursts that clear quickly.
  • Hurricane season rarely impacts Cancun. The highest likelihood of a hurricane would be in the period between August to October.

Spring Break

  • Cancún is a hugely popular destination for college students during their universities’ spring break period.
  • Peak period for Spring Break is March, although February through to April will be a popular time of year for students to vacation in Cancún.

Gay stuff

  • Cancún is generally more of a family-friendly vacation destination than a sizzling gay hot-spot (if you want uber-gay you should probably consider Puerto Vallarta).
  • Most of the gay venues are found in El Centro — the downtown area of Cancún.
  • Playa Mamitas and Delfines are the two major beaches. You’ll probably spot some fellow gays on the beach, but they’re more likely to be pool-side at the resort.
  • There is reportedly a nudist beach in Cancún — apparently it’s a forty minute walk from the Coco resort, but we haven’t been able to verify this.
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