Back to School on the Riviera: Institut de Français in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Eighty students, 19 nationalities, and 8 hours a day of intensive French language instruction – these are only a few of the factors that have drawn diplomats, politicians, and Francophiles (like me) from around...

“Wwoofing” Kismet in the Cevennes Mountains of Southern France 

When my partner and I cast our proverbial net across the French farms listed on www.wwoof.net, fate intervened by matching us with just the right one: Le Lauzas, located in the Cevennes mountains of...

Where to Stay and Eat in the Dordogne Valley

The region’s best restaurants and hotels, including some of the more unusual and unknown Related articles: Exploring the Treasures of the Dordogne Valley Things to See and Do in the Dordogne Valley HOTELS Castel Novel, near Brive A Châteaux...
Chamonix-Mont Blanc

A Winter Weekend in Chamonix-Mont Blanc

Arguably, the grand dame of all French ski towns is Chamonix-Mont Blanc. As its name implies, the Alps’ tallest peak keeps an ever-watchful eye over the picturesque Chamonix Valley. Home to the first Winter...

Places to Stay and Eat in Midi-Pyrénées

The region’s best restaurants and hotels, including some you won’t find in the brochures Related articles: Great Destinations: Midi-Pyrénées, Lighting the Way Top 12 Most Iconic Sites in the Midi-Pyrénées Things to See and Do in Midi-Pyrénées HOTELS Le...

Where to Stay and Eat on the Northern Coast of France

The region’s best restaurants and hotels, including some you won’t find in the brochures Related articles: Enjoying the High Life on the Northern Coast 12 Nature Experiences on France’s Northern Coast (and Beyond) HOTEL-RESTAURANTS Hôtel Atlantic All 18 bedrooms...

Where to Stay and Eat in Ardèche

Our selection of the best accommodation and dining in the département Related articles: Ardèche: A World of Picture-Perfect Wonders 12 Unmissable Spots in Ardèche What to See and Do in Ardèche LITTLE BLACK BOOK Visit this "charming stays" website for...

Where to Stay and Eat in Calvados

The best restaurants and hotels in the region, from A-list accommodation to homely seaside eateries Related articles: Calvados in Normandy: Tales from the Parisian Riviera Not-to-Miss Remembrance Sites in Calvados, Normandy Things to See and Do in...

Where to Eat and Stay in Brittany

The region is full of great places to dine and rest your head from self-catering to the height of luxury Related articles: A Guiding Light to Brittany What to See and Do in Brittany 12 Cultural Highlights...

Where to Stay and Eat on the French Riviera

The best restaurants and hotels in the Côte d'Azur region, plus some hidden secrets only the locals know about. Related Articles: The French Riviera in Winter Riviera Sightseeing: 12 Must-See Historic Places on the Côte...