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...

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...

A Dozen of the Loire Valley’s Finest Gardens

While the Loire Valley is noted for its châteaux, its many extremely attractive gardens are no less remarkable. Some are labours of love. Others are private collections, borne of a passion for a particular plant,...
The view from Èze

Le Jardin d’Èze: A Jewel of the Côte d’Azur

The hilltop village of Èze, perched atop a dizzying drop straight to the Mediterranean, is dramatically beautiful in the traditional Provençal style. Èze is a warren of cobbled streets and flower-covered stone houses, their...

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...

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...

Eco-Chic: Patrick Blanc’s New Living Wall in Paris

From Seoul to Sao Paulo, the vertical garden is now a ubiquitous sight in cities around the globe. It was French botanist Patrick Blanc who first pioneered the concept. After studying the soil-less plant...

Paradise Regained: The Gardens of Brécy

Ever since Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, mankind has been striving to recreate Eden on earth. Brécy, the most dazzling small-scale 17th-century formal garden in private hands in France today is just...
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12 Best Outdoor Activities in Champagne and the Ardennes

The region isn’t all about the sparkling wine and historic cities. With so much beautiful countryside, much of it surprisingly isolated, there are loads of sporty and outdoor activities on offer – great for burning...

Things to See and Do in Champagne and the Ardennes

A combination of cosmopolitan cities and isolated countryside means there’s no shortage of experiences in this delightful region. Related articles: Great French Destinations: Champagne and the Ardennes 12 Best Outdoor Activities in Champagne and the...