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La Terrasse Hotel Restaurant, Meyronne, France

Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

La Terrasse Hotel Restaurant and the French cheese plate

I’m a California girl. I cannot speak a word of French; I speak English and Spanish. Yet it was at La Terrasse, in the village of Meyronne, where I learned the joys of the French cheese plate.

Le Terrasse room 16. Meyronne, France.

Entrance to Le Terrassee


Upon checking into my room, #16, I caught up on my email messages. This olderer castle offers Wi-Fi. I then headed off to dinner at the hotel restaurant. It was at La Terrasse, dining on the patio; that I did fall in love with the French cheese plate. Not only did I eat ravioli of foie gras- a first for me-, I also sampled local soft cheeses produced in the Midi-Pyrenees region of Gers.



Sport Village of Meyronne

View of the La Dordogne River from Le Terrassee, Meyronne, Fran

As I mentioned, La Terrasse was once a castle. There is no moat, but there is a swimming pool. My room looked onto the

River La Dordogne; kayaks and canoes were strewn across the grassy banks, begging for someone to take them out for a glide. Those who prefer horses to canoes should look into a multi-day horseback ride with Domaine de Garennes. In fact, I met five equestrians staying on the property about to leave for a jaunt in the countryside.

If you go:

La Terrasse Hotel Restaurant

Meyronne, France

Pricing: 125 Euros per night

Breakfast: 12 Euros

Thanks to Atout France, Dordogne Valley Tourism Board and Midi-Pyrenees Regional Tourism Board for assistance with this post. All photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of La Terrasse Hotel.


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Charming Hotel des Beaux Arts in Toulouse, France

Friday November 30, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

Life in a French city with a university means energy. The charming three star Hotel des Beaux Arts offers 19 rooms at reasonable prices.

The front of the Hotel des Beaux Arts

River Garonne View

View of the river from the rooftop of Hotel des Beaux

My room, #42, was on the fourth floor and offered a view of the River Garonne via the small roof top patio. The room had a bath tub, a plus for those who prefer a relaxing soak after a busy day of sightseeing.

My room at the Hotel des Beaux Arts

The room rate is 255 euros in high season, with an additional charge of 14 euros for breakfast. I did not have dinner in the hotel restaurant La Brasserie des Beaux Arts, but I do recommend dinner at the nearby Chez Fazoul restaurant. Later in the evening, the restaurant offers salsa dancing. As Toulouse is a city full of students, I felt comfortable walking around the area by my hotel at night.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Do you like to stay connected when you travel? Hotel des Beaux Arts offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

Insider Tip:

Hotel des Beaux Arts is a member of Hotels de Charme in the Midi Pyrenees region.


If you go:

Hotel des Beaux Arts

1 place du Pont Neuf
31000 Toulouse, France

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Hotel des Beaux Arts Brassiere


Photos courtesy of Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Hotel des Beau Arts and the French Tourism office.

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Hotel Continental in Condom, France

Friday October 26, 2012 at 7:07 AM | 3 Comments

"Le Continental"

Located in Gers, the Hotel Continental is centrally situated in Condom, France

After taking the mandatory picture of ourselves beside the roadside sign welcoming us to Condom, France, we dropped our bags at the Continental Hotel and walked the streets of Condom. With 8,000 inhabitants in the country of Armagnac, there are more ducks than people. Condom is known as the meetings of the markets and the land of the musketeers – get your picture taken with the statue of Dartanian and the three Musketeers. Then take a tour at the Ryst Dypertron and discover how to taste fine Armagnac – a specialty of the region.

Hotel Continental- Clean and Simple

"Le Continental France"

Hotel Continental offers 25 clean and affordable rooms in Gers, Condom, France

The Hotel Continental offered 25 clean and simple rooms overlooking a courtyard garden or the street. My room, #8, on the first floor, offered two single beds pushed together to make a queen bed and a day bed, as well as two small desks and a night stand at the end of each bed.

The bath/shower combo didn’t offer a curtain or door, so I stepped onto a slippery, wet floor to towel off. I don’t recommend blow drying your hair in this situation.


"Le Continental hotel garden"

Behind Hotel Continental is a garden to relax and eat breakfast

Breakfast in the Hotel Continental Garden

It wasn’t until the morning that I discovered that Hotel Continental had a shaded garden, as my room, #8, overlooked the street; next to the banks of the river Baise.

I didn’t eat dinner at the on-property restaurant. Instead I opted for dinner at La Table des Cordeliers, which seemed to be a popular establishment with both locals and visitors.

Affordable Hotel Continental

I rented my room at the three star Hotel Continental for 70 euros with an additional eight euros for breakfast. All rooms offered air-conditioning, in addition to one suite with a balcony. Additionally, there were two handicapped accessible hotel rooms. Also, free Wi-Fi was available.

"Hotels de Charme et de Caractere"

Hotel Continental is a member of Hotels of Charm and Character of Southern France

If You Go:

Hotel Continental

Condom, France


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Article written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California.  Photos courtesy of  Nancy D. Brown.  I was a guest of Hotel Continental.

For more information on France, visit Atout France, Office of Tourism and Midi-Pyrenees Regional Tourism Board.