Horse Riding in the Loire Valley

Tally ho! Touring the Loire Valley’s Chateaux on Horseback

A unique way to experience the sublime scenery, cuisine, and history of the region known as "the Garden of France."

Things to See and Do in Les Deux Charentes

Head to the coast for seaside fun, boat rides and island life, or go inland for fast cars, gentle cycle rides and history... Related article: Double the Fun in the Two Charentes MUSEUMS AND HISTORY With Romanesque...

Horse-riding in Normandy

Mark Todd is flying. Astride his very athletic horse, he has just galloped down the hill, leapt a couple of fences and splashed through the water obstacle like it was a mere puddle. Spectators...

The Quiet Side of the Côte d’Azur

Travellers seeking a laid-back beach experience tend to shy away from the Riviera. Yet, to the west of the glittering towns lining the Côte d’Azur lies a more tranquil counterpart that remains under the...

“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...

5 Ways to Discover Vercors, Home to France’s Largest Nature Reserve

Home to the largest nature reserve in France, the Vercors's dramatic rockscape and patchwork of rugged valleys are ripe to be explored on foot or by bike – unless you fancy a canter? HIT THE...

Loving Loches in the Loire Valley

Good things frequently come in small packages, but the historic Royal City of Loches would seem to have more than its fair share of goodies. Despite a population of just 7,000, this enchanting town on the banks of the Indre...

Secret Provence: Exploring the Drôme Provençale in the South of France

Night was falling quickly and, having just navigated the breathtaking, and breathtakingly treacherous, roads over Provence’s jagged Mont Ventoux, I was anxious to reach our destination before dark. Not until the GPS announced two kilometres ahead did tiny Montaulieu appear, a hilltop...

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...

Festival Focus: Equestria in the Hautes-Pyrénées

The city of Tarbes, in south-western Frances’s stunning Hautes-Pyrénées département, boasts a time-hallowed equestrian tradition. This devotion reaches fever pitch for a few days every summer, during the Equestria festival. A far cry from...