Château de Sully-sur-Loire in all of its fairy tale magnificence. Photo: Dawn Dailey

Château de Sully-sur-Loire: Prison, Hideaway, or Refuge?

At the confluence of the rivers Loire and La Sange stands a commanding castle encircled by the reflective waters of a protective moat. Over the centuries, this château has welcomed a variety of illustrious...

Travel Notes: Top 3 Stained Glass Windows in France

Head to some of France’s most amazing churches for a multi-coloured glass eyeful to remember... SAINTE-CHAPELLE, PARIS If you haven't seen this jewel box of a chapel, you haven't lived. Built by Saint Louis in the...

France’s Breathtaking Bell Towers

There are 23 UNESCO-listed belfries in L’Hexagone, renowned for their architecture and history. Here are four of our favourites. BOULOGNE-SUR-MER Even on a rainy day, the view from Boulogne-sur-Mer’s belfry is a striking sea of red...

12 Must-See Towns and Villages in Auvergne

Our choice of must-see villages and towns in Auvergne Related articles: Discover the Enchanting Villages of Auvergne What to See and Do in Auvergne Blesle One of four Plus Beaux Villages in Haute-Loire, it grew up around a...
Shutters in Provence

The Shutters of Provence

I’m frequently asked why I titled my blog Shutters and Sunflowers. All throughout this enchanting country shutters are found framing the windows of both historic and recently constructed buildings-- particularly in Provence. And from mid...
Aveyron Gorges

What To See and Do in Tarn-et-Garonne

With lots of natural scenic splendour, this is a great place to get out and about, by boat, by bike or on foot Related articles: Great Destinations, The Waterways of Tarn-et-Garonne 12 Essential Visits in Tarn-et-Garonne Wine...

12 Essential Visits in Tarn-et-Garonne

Our choice of must-see villages, buildings and other places of interest Related article: Great Destinations: The Waterways of Tarn-et-Garonne Auvillar This village above the Garonne, famous for its circular covered market place, is classified among the Plus...

A Year after the Devastating Fire at Notre-Dame De Paris

A year after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame, Caroline Harrap looks at what comes next for the world-famous cathedral – and discovers why its future could still be at risk Standing across the Seine from...

Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, A Photo Tour

On the art trail in Provence? Don't miss the Fondation Maeght, a world famous cultural institution and one of France's most important private art foundations. (In fact, it was the very first in the...

Photo Essay: The Famous Pilgrimage Site of Vézelay

Just 3 hours on the A6 from Paris will bring you (back) to a remarkable era in French religious history. Situated in the Yonne department in Burgundy, Vézelay is a designated UNESCO World Heritage...