; Alfred Hitchcock researched the sets at the Moulin Rouge

My Life in Paris: It Had to Be You, Sugar

Theadora takes inspiration from a 1920s screen siren… and a bag or two of Haribos Call my agent! “My column is due,” I say to Kitty, my sleepy feline assistant. “You know the drill.” My...
ZappTazz

Shop Tax-Free in France With Your Smartphone

While tax-free shopping is a great and profitable option for non-EU residents – post-Brexit, this now includes British visitors to France – the process is complicated and cumbersome. The easy, government-approved ZappTax system simplifies...

Just a Bit of Lido Fun

Theadora slaps on leggings and drags her unsuspecting sister to the Lido’s Bluebell Boot Camp. Synchronised dance may not be Theodora's wheelhouse but she did the Lido's limber Bluebell Girls, above, proud. Honestly, I didn’t...
An aerial view of Vannes, overlooking its fortified city walls and lawns with floral design

Explore Vannes: The Ideal Breton City

Quaint timbered buildings, modern shopping, bustling harbour cafés and stunning islands – Annaliza Davis explains why Vannes is the ideal Breton city. If you want a city in Brittany that sums up the spirit and...
The delightful setting of Restaurant Bec in Paradou

Restaurant Review: Bec Restaurant in Les Alpilles

Unless you know something about the couple who created this delightful restaurant in Le Paradou, one of the prettiest and best-loved villages in Les Alpilles, it may come as an improbable surprise to find...
Hemingway with fellow American writer and journalist Janet Flanner, wearing their war correspondent uniforms in 1944 Paris

France Reimagined: On The Road with Ernest Hemingway

War hero, womaniser, carouser… Ernest Hemingway was larger than life. Lanie Goodman unearths the man behind the legend on a journey through France You’ve got to hand it to Ernest Hemingway. When he describes his...
Travelling

Have Armchair, Will Travel

For me, the greatest deprivation of the COVID era — and admittedly, there’s a lot of competition for that spot — is the loss of mobility. Now I’m as much of a couch potato...
Lacoste Alumni Atelier

SCAD Lacoste Atelier: Elite Artist Residency in Provence

Whimsical, warm, and welcoming. The perfect getaway, the ideal artist’s retreat, and the best kept secret in Southern France — Lacoste. This medieval village, perched atop the Luberon Valley, is known for endless lavender...
Auch, historic centre

12 Essential Visits in Gers in 2021

Our choice of must-see towns, monuments and other places of interest in Gers. Related article: Step Back in Time in Gers AUCH Capital of Gascony and now an Art & History Town, Auch is listed by UNESCO...
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Roc of Ages: The History of an Icon on the Riviera

Guy Hibbert reviews an exquisite new book celebrating 150 years of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. In 1865, Hippolyte de Villemessant, the publisher who made Le Figaro the world-famous newspaper it is today, dreamt of a haven...