10 Reasons to Visit Alpes de Haute-Provence

Bathed in sunshine 300 days a year and criss-crossed by lavender fields, the home of France’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ is an enchanting getaway... LAVENDER GALORE Perched 500m above sea level, the Valensole plateau is without a...

Le Dernier Mot: An Exception to Every Rule

The first time I heard about “an exception to every rule” was in French class. Soon after, I would learn that the phrase goes far beyond grammar to encompass rules in everyday French life....

My Life in Paris: Of Spies and Cheese

This is Gare Saint-Lazare on rue Amsterdam, a favourite subject for Monet and Manet. It’s the second busiest train station in Paris; always buzzing with commuters, sightseers, street musicians, produce vendors, and – inevitably...

Our Guide to Top Christmas Markets in France 2017

Sparkling lights, dazzling decorations, traditional delicacies (bredele biscuits, anyone?), the scent of roasting chestnuts and hot mulled wine wafting through the air... There's a reason so many travellers flock to France for the yuletide season....

Read the Signs: The Promenade des Anglais in Nice

One of the most iconic boulevards in France, the Promenade des Anglais stretches 7km around Nice‘s Bay of Angels. The busy street is lined with shops, hotels and restaurants, and the city’s festivals all...

Travel in Brittany: The Magic of Morbihan

Making quite the entrance by boat, Marion Sauvebois hops on the trail of Brittany’s ancient stones, medieval mascots – and mastermind thieves... I wave back with my free hand at the dog-walker gesticulating in our...

Chez le Coiffeur, At the Hair Salon: French Language & Etiquette

Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com heads down to the hair salon to freshen up her do, and gets some welcome advice about her styling… FRANÇOISE: Bonjour, Monsieur. J’ai rendez-vous à 14h pour me faire couper les...

A Festival for a Chickpea: Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in Provence

France has a uniquely magical ambiance. On any visit I arrive knowing no-one and barely 10 badly pronounced words of the language and within five minutes I am so involved I can hardly draw...

Things to See and Do in Burgundy

Events for your diary, sites to explore, arts, sports and culture Related articles: A Complete Guide to Burgundy: Venture Beyond the Vineyards Where to Stay and Eat in Burgundy The 12 Most Iconic Sites in...

Le Dernier Mot: Autumn’s Delights, A Ramble

"It looks like we will have tomatoes up into November!” I tell my husband, who has just pedalled back from the beach. I am excited by the findings in our garden, and motivated to do better each year....