The Judeo-Lyonnaise Connection

The Judeo-Lyonnaise Connection

According to the legend of the first Jews in France, one of the three boats containing Jewish captives from the Seige of Jerusalem sailed aimlessly in the Mediterranean and ended up on the shores of Lyon—France’s third-largest city sitting beautifully between...
The Jewish Life Inside the City of Grapes

The Jewish Life Inside the City of Grapes

Avignon is known today as the quintessential charming French town it is with its showcase of Gothic architecture, Roman influence, and iconic landscapes. But what many people miss about Avignon are the stories its walls have witnessed over the years. The town may be...
Provence: An Underrated Wine Region

Provence: An Underrated Wine Region

  One of the highlights in our Kosher Riverboat Cruise through France’s waterways is our kosher winery tour and wine tastings. The Oldest Wine Region in France When you think of French wine regions, the first that might come to mind may be Bordeaux or Burgundy....
Roman Remnants in Provence

Roman Remnants in Provence

When the Romans began their historic conquest in the 2nd century BCE, they saw to it that every conquered territory was connected from the capital. They wanted every colony doing as the Romans do. After turning these cities into vassals, every citizen became part of...
The Captivating Carpentras

The Captivating Carpentras

Back in the Middle Ages, a county in France called the Comtat Venaissin housed a Papal Enclave where the Jews found their sanctuary. The commune of Carpentras is a living monument of the Judeo-Provencal cultural heritage. It was one of the four places in Southern...
The First Jewish Community in France

The First Jewish Community in France

In his series on the Jews of the Rhône, historian Dr. Henry Abramson goes deep into the story of the first recorded Jew in France. Tracing back the history of Jewish heritage in Southern France makes our kosher cruise through the Rhône river even more meaningful. The...