The Maritime Heritage

Brittany and the sea Fishing Breton fishermen, whether involved in coastal fishing, deep sea fishing, factory fishing or fishing for shellfish, have succeeded in adapting their trade and diversifying their products over the years. Small scale...
La Roque-Gageac

Favourite Travel Destinations: La Roque-Gageac in the Dordogne

La Roque-Gageac is my favourite village of all les plus beaux villages in France. After discovering it over 20 years ago, I've returned numerous times to savour its beauty and watch its transformation. Located...

Savoring the Slow Road: Cruising the Burgundy Canal by Barge

From the deck of my hotel barge, I glimpse into the heart of rural France, admiring lush pastures of grazing Charolais cattle and the verdant hills of Burgundy’s pastoral landscape. We are cruising at...

Summertime, and the living in France is easy!

1. Faire la fête The south of France is blessed with a glorious summer climate and the locals make the most of it, at festivals which are spread throughout the season. Arts and theatre aficionados are...

The Freedom of the Waterway: Living (and Motoring) on a Converted Barge in France

Although they are not without the odd moment of high drama, voyages in our barge ‘Friesland’ hardly equate to the swashbuckling adventures of sailors on the high seas. We just potter along quiet canals...

The Marais Poitevin: A Glimpse of France’s “Green Venice”

During May, the Marais Poitevin and the marshland known as ‘Green Venice’ is splashed with vibrant colour – there are fields of scarlet poppies, swathes of white blooms along the verges and the sparkling...
Le Pont d’Arc in the Ardèche

10 Reasons to Visit the Ardèche

The Ardèche département in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region offers a variety of prime attractions, both entirely natural and man-made, at a wide range of altitudes... WORLD’S OLDEST ART GALLERY The French normally get a bit testy when forgers copy their greatest artists, but...
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12 Best Outdoor Activities in Champagne and the Ardennes

The region isn’t all about the sparkling wine and historic cities. With so much beautiful countryside, much of it surprisingly isolated, there are loads of sporty and outdoor activities on offer – great for burning...

Things to See and Do in Champagne and the Ardennes

A combination of cosmopolitan cities and isolated countryside means there’s no shortage of experiences in this delightful region. Related articles: Great French Destinations: Champagne and the Ardennes 12 Best Outdoor Activities in Champagne and the...

Life in the Slow Lane: Boating the Canal du Midi

It was the first of many such moments. Sitting high up on the sun deck, cold beer to hand, gently guiding our Royal Mystique cruiser along a stretch of the Canal du Midi, I see unfold before me...