Calvados in Normandy: Tales from the Parisian Riviera

Famous for its cider and its eponymously named eau-de-vie, this is William the Conqueror’s birthplace and where the Allies landed in 1944. Marion Sauvebois discovers a département where the locals have become the self-appointed...

Peaugres Safari Park and a Lakeside Hotel in the Ardèche

Thankfully we spent two nights at l’Auberge du Lac because it took us so long to find this hidden jewel on a country road nestled on the edge of Lac Ternay about an hour...

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...

Nausicaá and the Beating Heart of Boulonnais

Making a beeline for Nausicaá, Boulogne’s aquatic showstopper, Rhiannon Rees ends up discovering a deeply historic area tied to Britain and the sea To some, Boulonnais is a mark on the map, a vague belt...

Exploring the Magnificent Bois de Vincennes in Paris

The eastern ‘Lung of Paris’, the Bois de Vincennes is a haven for wildlife and a playground for Parisians. Jennifer Ladonne explores its manifold delights Though Paris was a major instigator (and indeed the host)...

La Colo, Summer Camp: Learn French Language

Françoise Giordano of FastTrackFrench.com picks up her niece Naya and her little friend Marie from holiday camp and discovers the naughty pair have been up to no good FRANÇOISE: Alors les filles c’était comment cette...

Canoeing Holidays in the Ardèche

The southern Ardèche region in France, on the border of Rhône-Alps and Languedoc, is a haven for people seeking canoeing holidays or a more active break. Locals call the Ardèche ‘France’s little secret’ and the...