Verity Smith and a Blind Girl’s Dream: Olympic Gold for France

A couple of years ago I met and wrote about a most incredible woman, Verity Smith. Based in Nîmes, she is an equestrian of dual British-French citizenship who hopes to be the first blind rider...

Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I...

Le Dernier Mot: War on Waste in La Ciotat

Litter on the beach affects everybody. Kristin Espinasse joins the clear-up effort... Here in La Ciotat a citizens’ initiative to clean up our beaches is turning heads. Le Déchet Zéro & Co. meet on Wednesdays...

5 Must-See Exhibitions in France to Brighten up your Winter

Picasso Blue and Rose This exhibition is the first large-scale collaboration between the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée National Picasso. The grouping of masterpieces shines a light on a new interpretation of Picasso's work between...

12 Must-See Attractions of the Pays de la Loire Region

A selection of iconic sights and unique diversions in this region of culture and contrasts Related article: Riverside Travels in the Pays de la Loire SAINTE-SUZANNE This hilltop village above the River Erve has been inhabited since...

The Loire prepares to fete the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance

One of the most colourful periods in French history will be showcased across the Loire Valley in 2019 with events to mark 500 years of the French Renaissance. This flowering of arts and culture at...

Festival of Lights: Don’t Miss the Fête des Lumières in Lyon

The countdown to Lyon's Fête des Lumières has begun and it's set to be a right dazzler. A light show of truly epic proportions, the festival dates back to 1852, when flash floods and...

Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas

Ready for off-the-charts festive cheer all wrapped up in 10km of twinkling lights? The "Capital of Christmas" is officially open for business. The home of Noël – hence its well-earned moniker – Strasbourg's Christkindelsmärik...

A Winter Wonderland in Le Touquet

Le Touquet – Paris by the sea. If it’s good enough for the Macrons… Just a 2 hr, 30-minute ride from Gare du Nord (pack a snack for the train from L'Etoile, Thierry Marx’s bistro)...

Did You Know? Climat vs Terroir in Burgundy

Guy Hibbert unravels the mystery of Burgundy’s climats with a vocab (and geography) lesson Talk to any French wine enthusiast and it won’t be long before the word ‘terroir’ comes up in conversation. If their...