The Riviera’s Gardens and Parks: Best Botanical Sites on the Mediterranean Coast

The French Riviera is a garden-lover’s paradise, a sun-soaked horticultural heaven lined on its southern edge by the twinkling Mediterranean. From Antibes to Cagnes-sur-Mer, Gourdon to Grasse and Nice to Beaulieu there are some 80 gardens and parks open to...

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...

A History of the Breton Stripe

Fresh, nautical and undeniably chic, la marinière worn by the sailors in the French Navy is the shirt we call the Breton stripe. For over 150 years these stripes have been seen on board the ships of the Marine Nationale...
The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...
Fromagerie Olivier

How Would You Spend €1,000 in Normandy?

With no effort at all I’ve got all the crème fraîche, delicious wine, hard cider, tipsy Calvados, gorgeous produce, fine meats, and foie gras whenever I want it. If I want linen goods, made with flax grown practically outside...

The Flowering Calendar of Claude Monet’s Garden

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet Can’t make it to Giverny until the autumn? Don’t put off your visit - Claude Monet’s pink stucco house and his fabulous gardens should not...

The Train Stations of Paris, Reborn

Entering a Paris train station in 1846, you would have been as likely to meet an elegant bourgeois couple in rustling silks as a gun-slinging hunter and his baying hounds setting out for a weekend’s shooting in the countryside, such...
El Alamein

Paris Houseboats: Living and Partying on the Seine’s Péniches

With the Seine and three canals winding their way through Paris, transport, travel, fun, and living on the water have always featured high in daily activities. The motto of the city of Paris, Fluctuat nec mergitur (tossed but not sunk)...
Anis de Flavigny

Anis de Flavigny: Bonbons in Burgundy

The village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain nestles securely on a prominent hilltop overlooking the soft valleys of Burgundy’s Côte-d’Or. As one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, it offers all the charm, history and ambiance that you’d expect: ancient...

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...