Chaumont-sur-Loire

Inspired by Nature: Château, Gardens and Art of Chaumont-sur-Loire

Ditched royal seat turned world-class art centre and host of the International Garden Festival, the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is the Loire Valley's comeback kid. The retreat of choice of Catherine de' Medici, it was...

My Home is My Castle: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Outside Paris

When an eerie bell rang, I put my champagne glass down and walked along the moat of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte toward the sound. The sun had just set, wisps of light still lingering, and thousands of candles...

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...

The 12 Most Iconic Sites in Franche-Comté

First time in Franche-Comté? Build these essential stops into your itinerary to make the most of your trip. As you might expect from a border territory, Franche-Comté is rich in military and defensive sites including...
Chateau de Beynac

12 of the Finest Dordogne Châteaux

The fascinating history of the Dordogne from medieval to modern times is brought to life by the grandeur and mystique of some of its splendid châteaux. When you visit these medieval fortresses, Renaissance palaces and...

Coming Up Roses: Masquelier’s Garden

Never try to tell a rose what to do, and beware of femmes fatales.
Roman Days in the Arena

Why Nîmes is the Best Spot in France for History Lovers

France has so many amazing places to visit it's hard to decide where to start. If you're a Roman history buff, you must visit Nîmes. Nîmes is a city where you can see, touch and...
normandy

The Timeless Charms of Normandy: What’s New in 2021

With its long sandy beaches, lush interior and rich history, Normandy has always offered an idyllic French fix. But this year, Gillian Thornton finds plenty of new reasons to visit too. Cruise into Caen-Ouistreham with...

Gardens of the Languedoc, South of France

The Parc des Camellias de la Prairie The floral gardens of “les Camellias de la Prairie” opened in 2005 and promise you a treat for your eyes in the months of February and March. Already...

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...