Historic capital of Dijon

12 Essential Visits in Burgundy

Our pick of the must-see towns, historic buildings and other places of interest Related articles: Get Away from It All in Burgundy What to See and Do in Burgundy HISTORIC CAPITAL OF DIJON Dijon has such a rich...
La Verite

French Film Review: La Vérité, Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

The true joy of this film is the double treat of Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, each commanding the screen while managing never to outshine the other. They play famous actress, Fabienne Dangeville, and her...
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: A Remarkable Tale of Wartime Bravery

Many of us have heard of Oskar Schindler, of Schindler’s List fame. This German industrialist saved thousands of Jews during World War II, through a combination of bravery and guile. Less well-known, but equally...
The view across the Old Bridge over the Orb river to the Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire in Béziers

You Can Have It All in Languedoc-Roussillon

A little bit Massif Central, a little bit Pyrenean and very much Mediterranean, the traditional region of Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of ever-intriguing contrasts, as discovered by Dominic Bliss. From the Rhône delta and the...
madame claude

French Film Review: Madame Claude

Sassy, smart and blatantly sexy, this is an energetic thrill-ride through the exploits of real-life society madam Madame Claude. It’s 1960s Paris and Fernande Grudet (Rocher) decides to make her way in a man’s...
The delightful setting of Restaurant Bec in Paradou

Restaurant Review: Bec Restaurant in Les Alpilles

Unless you know something about the couple who created this delightful restaurant in Le Paradou, one of the prettiest and best-loved villages in Les Alpilles, it may come as an improbable surprise to find...
The charming childhood home of Colette in Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye (Photo C Clier, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme

What to See and Do in Burgundy

From cycling to art galleries to cookery lessons or a relaxation session in a spa, there’s plenty on offer Related article: Get Away from It All in Burgundy GOING GASTRONOMICAL To discover the region’s famed gastronomy, where...
Hemingway with fellow American writer and journalist Janet Flanner, wearing their war correspondent uniforms in 1944 Paris

France Reimagined: On The Road with Ernest Hemingway

War hero, womaniser, carouser… Ernest Hemingway was larger than life. Lanie Goodman unearths the man behind the legend on a journey through France You’ve got to hand it to Ernest Hemingway. When he describes his...
Travelling

Have Armchair, Will Travel

For me, the greatest deprivation of the COVID era — and admittedly, there’s a lot of competition for that spot — is the loss of mobility. Now I’m as much of a couch potato...
Parfondeval Rétroscapade

Great Northern Road Trips

Yearning to hit the open French road and combine glorious sightseeing with super stays? The departments of Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Aisne and Meuse in Northeast France have everything you could wish for – easy to...