Peaugres Safari Park and a Lakeside Hotel in the Ardèche

Thankfully we spent two nights at l’Auberge du Lac because it took us so long to find this hidden jewel on a country road nestled on the edge of Lac Ternay about an hour...

Book Reviews: A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny

Claude Monet first spotted the tranquil village of Giverny from a train window. Spellbound, he packed up his belongings and moved to the Normand nook in 1883. The impressionist master soon made the garden at Giverny his greatest artistic accomplishment and...

10 Reasons to Visit the Vendée

The Puy du Fou Theme Park This amazing Theme Park, set in the north of the Vendée, was voted ‘World’s Best Park’ in 2012 by the Thea Classic Award in Los Angeles, and offers...

Top 12 Iconic Sites of Normandy

The central stretch of France’s northern coast is lined with white cliffs and long beaches – including those whose names will be forever etched in memory as the sites of the Allied invasions in the...

Gardens, Grapes and Gastronomy: A Trip to Bourges and the Berry

Whatever age you live in and whatever your line of work, it rarely pays to upstage the boss. Ask anyone in Bourges, third largest town in the Centre region and a great base for exploring the south-east corner of the ancient...
Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Travel in Normandy: Treasures of the Seine Valley

When you think of Normandy, do you think of the D-Day landing beaches and Mont Saint Michel? Or perhaps Rouen’s gothic cathedral, the Bayeux tapestry, Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny and the picturesque port...

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...

Château de Saint Mesmin: Step into the Middle Ages in the Deux-Sèvres

In the springtime, the fields of the Deux-Sèvres in western France are a dazzling patchwork of lush green and brilliant yellow colza. Follow a narrow country lane over a bridge—this little Sevreau stream actually...

Great Travel Destinations: Martinique, Island of Queens

By 1763, the French had lost the Seven Years’ War, and it was time for the British to make their territorial claims in the New World. They had two real options: they could claim Canada, where France still ruled vast...

The Ardèche: Gallery [email protected] has Opened its Doors to the Public

A unique opportunity to enjoy local culture, arts, editions & nature in the south of the Ardèche. Gallery [email protected] was created in 2013 with the intention to shed more light on local artists and authors. A must-visit...