Route de Citeaux

Retail Therapy: How Would You Spend €1,000 in Burgundy?

Spring in Burgundy always takes me by surprise. The landscape appears to wake up from hibernation overnight. Suddenly the sky is sighing with swallows and butterflies, vines stretch out their tendrils, and the colza fields light up in...
Languedoc vineyards

Francophile Favourites: Alison Judge of Vin & Company Wine Tours

What was your first French experience? The ubiquitous French exchange when I was 14. I went first to my host’s home in Paris. She seemed quite mature (she was a year older than me, but then I...
Château de Berne

Time with Wine: Château de Berne Rosé, When Summer Never Ends

An art gallery curator once gave me some surprising but sound advice. As I was on the verge of meandering around an enormous exhibition, prepared to study each painting with diligence, he said: “Ignore the ones that you don’t...

My Life in Paris: Channelling Victor Hugo

With my eyebrows on fleek, I’ve been on the hunt for the fantastical. Suited with waterproof shoes, a parapluie, and sponge-like senses, I’ve been striving to capture the heady, surreal sensation of experiencing the Parisian cityscape as if for the...

Great Destinations in France: A World of New Adventure in Alsace

It's a part of France that is unlike any other (not least because it hasn't always been a part of France.) Much of the culture is distinctly German, and the influence of the Swiss...

Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard: Manor House Getaway, in the Heart of the Charente

A bespoke retreat in a blissful location... The Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard is an elegant Manor House, in the heart of the Charente, with a beautiful terrace that overlooks the parklands and lake, complete with a picturesque...

Travel to Undiscovered France: 10 Secret French Islands

Even without taking its overseas territories into account, France has a number of interesting islands that are well worth venturing out to. Tristan Rutherford sets sail… Parisian Island: Île aux Cygnes Imagine a graceful tree-lined alley planted in the middle of...
Shoppers in the Galerie Véro-Dodat

Parisian Walkways: Galerie Véro-Dodat, An Historic Covered Passage

The passage couvert, these glass-roofed shopping arcades which flourished in early 19th-century Paris, owed their success in part to a promise inherent in their architecture – the capacity to transport their visitors to another place. In the 1800s, a passage...

Le Dernier Mot: Shopping Delights in La Motte

"I think the translation is ‘hardware store’,” I say to my dad as we enter our town’s old quincaillerie. Ducking beneath the rainbow of market baskets which hang over the entrance, my belle-mère is giddy: “I used to...

Comic Timing in Angoulême: Le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée

Billions of blue blistering barnacles! There’s a lady dressed up as Tintin. Sporting a mousy quiff, she’s wearing plus fours, white socks and a light blue jumper. Where’s her trusty little dog, though? Snowy must have been left at...