Marseille, port of France

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Marseille is the second largest city in France and also the largest port as it sits on the on the country’s southeastern coast.

The port is very important in visitor arrivals as well as industry while the city itself is well visited for its beachesculture, and architecture.

In 2013, Marseille was designated the European Capital of Culture and with its blend of opera houses, historical and maritime museums and art galleries makes great entertainment for tourist.

Some of France’s greatest artists worked in Marseille, among then DufyRenoir, and Cezanne.

Some of their works can be seen at the Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille. Other museums in the city include the Natural History Museum, the Grobet-Labadie museum and the Musée de Civilisations de l’Europe et de laMéditerranée.

As with other cities in France cuisine is very important and the bouillabaisse is the most famous of the dishes in Marseille which is known for its seafood. Other specialties of the region include the anchoïade, bourride, and pied paquets.

Good restaurants to try in the city include the O’bidul which is the highest ranked restaurant for French cuisine according to Trip Advisor with meals ranging between $17 and $33.

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Cyprus, Mediterranean paradise

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Very mild winters and warm dry summers make the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea a hotspot for tourists. The island gets almost twice the sunshine of cities in Northern Europe with as many as 12-13 hours of sun during the summertime.

Cyprus sits south of Turkey and east of Greece and is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. The island of Cyprus is divided into Greek and Turkish rule and is unique in that it is the only one which has a divided capital city – Nicosia. Nicosia is divided by a “green line” with part in Turkish Cyprus and part in Greek Cyprus. The city is surrounded by a Venetian wall.

International flights arrive at Larnaca International Airport in the south of the island. The island is mountainous in the north and south with plains in the centre while there are also plains on the island’s southern coast.

There are many archaeological sites scattered across Cyprus that date from the Stone Age through the Roman Empire and the island also boasts a beautiful coastline.

Cyprus is a great place to buy leather goods including shoes and handbags, jewellery, lacework from the village of Lefkara, and Cypriot wine. It boasts interesting cuisine and meze, a dish that can be made from meat or fish, is a must try.

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Crepe suzette, desert with a twist

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Nothing says “France” quite like a crepe. The wafer thin pancake is a staple of French cuisine as a desert that can be enjoyed at home or away.

The crepe Suzette adds a little more romance to the classic crepe with its sauce of beurre Suzette made from caramelised sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur served flambé.

The crepe can be made from scratch or store bought but for a more authentic flavour homemade is best. All that is needed are 2 large eggs, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup flour, 3 tablespoons melted butter, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons of liqueur, and butter to coat the pan.

Blend eggs, flour, milk, until it will pour smoothly from a mixing bowl. Put batter in the fridge. Heat a frying pan with sweet butter and pour in batter to cover the bottom of the pan. Tip the pan from side to side to allow the batter to spread thinly. After a minute, turn the pancake upside down, then turn it again, until brown. Fold crepes in a triangular shape and store.

To make the Sauce Suzette, melt 1/4 butter in a saucepan, after it has boiled, add combination of liqueurs and orange and lemon zest.

Pour sauce over crepes, add brandy and light. When crepe is cool it is ready to serve. 

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