Day Trips from Paris: The Magnificently Restored Château de Champs-sur-Marne

Madame de Pompadour, Marcel Proust and a young Prince Philip have – respectively – lived, slept and played at this magnificent French castle. But if you were to guess that the château in question...

A Weekend’s Punting and Pampering in Brière

Vast, ominous clouds linger stubbornly in the sky, but Valentin, the hulking, tattooed captain aboard our chaland (a flat-bottomed, wooden boat) keeps his sunglasses on as he guides us through the picturesque Brière wetlands. Exploring a labyrinth of sprawling marshes...
Le Notre's Versailles Garden

André Le Nôtre: Magnificent Masterpieces of the Gardener’s Art

Gardening is an ephemeral art form. Few gardens withstand the vagaries of time, and even fewer master gardeners, if remembered at all, are afforded the status of their counterparts in architecture and the other...
Stunning view of France

Top Trips for Women in France

When considering where to go and what to do in France your choices add up to an embarrassment of riches. While France is one of the safer countries it’s important when planning a trip...

Nature Reserves in Brittany

Mol The Iroise nature reserve shelters species and habitats which are in need of protection and in some cases re-establishment. Access to the small islands is sometimes restricted. Discover this environment at the island environmental...

10 Reasons to Visit Alpes de Haute-Provence

Bathed in sunshine 300 days a year and criss-crossed by lavender fields, the home of France’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ is an enchanting getaway... LAVENDER GALORE Perched 500m above sea level, the Valensole plateau is without a...

The Fête des Roses at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Every year for the last 10 years, rose lovers have been gathering at the Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to celebrate not only the queen of the flower kingdom, but also the woman behind the...

Top 12 Most Iconic Sites in the Midi-Pyrénées

There are 26 Grands Sites in Midi-Pyrénées... Here is our choice of the top 12. Related articles: Great Destinations: Midi-Pyrénées, Lighting the Way CONQUES, AVEYRON The Abbey of Sainte-Foy is the focal point for this maze of...

Things to See and Do Along the Languedoc Coast

Discover this beautiful coastline through its traditions, festivals, museums, tourist sites and cultural events Related articles: Just Say “Oc”: Exploring the Languedoc Coastline 12 Great Places to Visit in Coastal Languedoc Where to Stay and...
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How UNESCO Preserves the Rich Tapestry of Life

It’s not only natural wonders and man-made monuments that are given the protection of UNESCO – the organisation’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage is just as vital. But what exactly does it entail? Jennifer...