Jardins Ouverts: France’s Secret Gardens

Open Gardens, or Jardins Ouverts, is modelled loosely on the UK’s National Garden Scheme (the Yellow Book), which started in 1927 and now represents over 3,800 gardens. Over the decades, the UK scheme has...

Château de la Napoule: Exploring a Côte d’Azur Castle and Art Foundation

You'd be hard-pressed to find a prettier drive than highway D 559 from Saint Raphael to Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the department Alpes-Maritimes in the south of France. Along the Mediterranean coastline, this 20-mile stretch is...

Flamingos in the South of France: Visit the Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

Situated 32 kilometers south of Arles, this nature park showcases the Camargue's magnificent wildlife.

The Fruits of Paris: The Preservation and Rebirth of Montreuil’s Peach Orchards

Montreuil’s oldest inhabitants remember when this suburb on the eastern edge of Paris was nothing but fields and orchards. Today, the Saint-Antoine quartier shelters the last murs à pêches (peach walls), which provide a...
Serres d'Auteuil, Paris garden

The Insider’s Guide to the Must-See Gardens of Paris

There are so many reasons to love Paris – museums, monuments, boutiques, food and atmosphere. However, an often overlooked element that largely contributes to all these experiences are its gardens. After Paris’s urban foundations...

Chickens for the Hotel de Ville Garden in Paris

Smack dab in the middle of the city, this garden is now open to the public.

Hidden Parks of Paris: The Jardin de la Vallée Suisse

The Swiss Valley (La Vallée Suisse) It is a hideout. A stream crumbles down the rocks. A wooden footbridge passes overhead. Archways made of stone with overgrown ivy reveal a sinuous passage to a pond...

Roche de Solutré: Burgundy’s Most Famous Natural Site

Located west of Macôn in Burgundy, the Roche de Solutré rises far above the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyards and, sphinx-like, appears to be watching over the valley and villages below. Protected by French law and classified as a...

Parisian Walkways: Palais-Royal Gardens

The serene Palais-Royal gardens remain one of Paris’s great discoveries. Hidden from view in the city centre, just behind the Louvre and the bustling Rue Saint-Honoré, the hushed arcades and sleepy gardens are like...

Where to Stay in Provence: Hostellerie Bérard & Spa, near Bandol

This is one of those places that just oozes charm. The setting is hard to beat – in the hilltop village of La Cadière d’Azur, overlooking the vineyards of Bandol, the family Bérard have...