Cycling holidays in La Rochelle

If you’ve ever wondered why the French love cycling so much, hop on the saddle, hit the road and you will soon be hooked too. Justin Postlethwaite visits the tranquil islands off La Rochelle and falls in...

10 reasons to visit Cherbourg, Normandy

Where else would you find big sandy beaches, exotic plants and the deepest aquarium in Europe?  1. Prizewinning Parks There are two ‘Jardins Remarquables’ in Cherbourg – Parc Liais on account of its non-indigenous species (including a Japanese azaelea...

City cycling in Mulhouse, Alsace

The idea of a cross-border commute sounded pretty exciting to me, but for Patrick Polansky, a resident of Mulhouse in the south of Alsace, it was nothing out of the ordinary – when you live within minutes of two...

Paradise found in Gérardmer, Lorraine

In the warm sunshine of a summer evening, I am almost alone on the roof of the Vosges. An elderly couple are soaking up the panorama with their two collies, whilst three French bikers in leathers take turns...

The Nouvelle Vague: Today’s Expats in Paris

Long before tennis star Serena Williams and actress Scarlett Johanssen purchased Parisian pied-à-terres, and even before Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald painted the town red, Paris has lured foreigners who project dreams –...

Family Holiday Adventures in the Auvergne

I swear the peacock just tried to peck me. He’s a beautiful chap, showing off his plumage at every opportunity, but stray too close and he verges on the aggressive. There’s no doubt he’s king...

New Velib Bikes for Kids in Paris

The city's popular grey bikes have been adapted for pint-sized riders.

Parc Zoologique de Paris: A New Species of Zoo

The talk of the town is the reopening of the famous zoo after a 167 million euro renovation.

Nature Reserves in Brittany

Mol The Iroise nature reserve shelters species and habitats which are in need of protection and in some cases re-establishment. Access to the small islands is sometimes restricted. Discover this environment at the island environmental...

Charente Maritime guide

France Today takes a tour around this department La Rochelle MarinaThe introduction of regular low-cost flights to La Rochelle has proved a popular move and the extension to a year-round service says a great deal about...