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...

Cradle of History: Must-Visit National Monuments in Western France

From the world’s largest megalithic site to fairy-tale châteaux and historic dungeons, Marion Sauvebois rounds up this summer’s must-visit National Monuments in western France LES ALIGNEMENTS DE CARNAC Is it a ruined prehistoric temple? An ancient...

Every Street Sign Tells a Story: A History Lesson in France

France’s streets and squares provide a unique history lesson for travellers. Gillian Thornton digs deeper into the French national identity Wandering round the historic centre of Chartres, map in hand, I stopped on the river...

City Focus: Rennes in Brittany

Many a French city has surprised me over the years, most of them in a good way, but Rennes has so far been the only one to make me feel guilty. I hadn’t walked...

Why it’s a Great Time to Visit Auvers-sur-Oise

Long revered by art lovers for its van Gogh connection, charming Auvers-sur-Oise is busy talking up its Impressionist pedigree – and it’s something worth shouting about. We’re going to go ahead and say it: the...

Things to See and Do in the Berry Province of France

Villages and countryside to explore, family attractions, art, architecture and festivals Related articles: Great Travel Destinations: Le Berry, The Green Heart of France The 12 Most Iconic Sites of The Berry Where to Stay and...

Great Travel Destinations: Auvergne, France’s Wild Child

Auvergne is untamed and rugged – a region of forests, mountains, remote farmland and dormant volcanoes, but it also has urban sophistication and culture. Dominic Bliss provides a fascinating perspective on this unique place Sooner...

The 12 Most Iconic Sites of The Berry

The places you really should see while you are in this remarkable region of central France. Related article: Le Berry, The Green Heart of France BOURGES A UNESCO-listed cathedral, medieval city and tranquil marshland area make the...

Discover Cahors in Southwest France

Cahors is one of south-west France’s most unspoilt ancient towns. Formerly the capital of the old province of Quercy, the town perches dramatically on a rocky peninsula on a series of horse-shoe bends along...

Parisian Walkways: Passage Jouffroy, the Historic Covered Shopping Arcade

It is, and always has been, one of the most popular covered arcades in the French capital. Jeffrey T Iverson meets the people who give the Passage Jouffroy its unique air Stepping into one of...