Attention All Bike and Wine Lovers: Cruising and Cycling with Boat Bike Tours

Cruising and cycling in France As far as holiday destinations go it doesn’t get any better than the Bordeaux and Champagne regions of France. Lovers of fine wine and cycling can easily combine their passions...
Hotel de la Plage Mahogany

Travel in the South of France: Where to Stay in Cassis

Nestling between Cap Canaille and the calanques, Cassis is a picturesque fishing port with a busy harbor, inviting beaches, colourful buildings and plentiful greenery. Located in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, about 12 miles east of Marseille on...
Half-timbered houses in Troyes

Travel to the Aube: Off the Beaten Path in Champagne Country

Most people, when they hear the word “Champagne,” think of the area around Reims and Epérnay, northeast of Paris. This is where the large, industrial-level production of champagne takes place, and where companies like...
El Alamein

Paris Houseboats: Living and Partying on the Seine’s Péniches

With the Seine and three canals winding their way through Paris, transport, travel, fun, and living on the water have always featured high in daily activities. The motto of the city of Paris, Fluctuat nec mergitur (tossed but not sunk)...

Things to See and Do in the Loire Valley

We highlight here some of the more popular activities, attractions and places to visit in the Loire Valley region. BALLOONING A relaxing and picturesque way to view the châteaux and river valleys from above; it’s as if the...
Annecy, "Little Venice."

A Weekend in Annecy: Insider Travel Recommendations

The cure for most anything that ails is fresh mountain air. With winter arriving, I craved a higher altitude and slower pace of life, even if only for a weekend. A train ticket and...
Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, Saint-Pierre

Saint Pierre and Miquelon: France Far-off, France Forever

Fog-ridden. Weather-beaten. A treeless outcrop crusted with the spit of the sea. This seems to be the standard first impression of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a tiny cluster of French islands tucked beneath the vastness...

A Weekend’s Punting and Pampering in Brière

Vast, ominous clouds linger stubbornly in the sky, but Valentin, the hulking, tattooed captain aboard our chaland (a flat-bottomed, wooden boat) keeps his sunglasses on as he guides us through the picturesque Brière wetlands. Exploring a labyrinth of sprawling marshes...

Travel to Undiscovered France: 10 Secret French Islands

Even without taking its overseas territories into account, France has a number of interesting islands that are well worth venturing out to. Tristan Rutherford sets sail… Parisian Island: Île aux Cygnes Imagine a graceful tree-lined alley planted in the middle of...

The Canal du Midi: A Gourmet Journey

On the third day of living on the water, in the dappled shade of the great green nave of plane trees, I woke early to bird song. Then a buttery waft told me the...