The Somme: Centenary Additions to the Remembrance Trail

The Somme is a land steeped in the tragic history of the First World War. The tranquility found today in this beautiful department in France's northernmost Hauts-de-France region betrays little to its past history...

The Most Iconic Sites of Nord-Pas de Calais

First time in Nord-Pas de Calais? Build these essential stops into your itinerary to make the most of your trip. Related articles: Top of the World, Nord-Pas de Calais Things to See and Do in...

Things to See and Do in Nord-Pas de Calais

Explore the region’s history, natural heritage and enjoy many outdoor activities Related article: Top of the World, Nord-Pas de Calais REMEMBRANCE Follow four self-drive Remembrance Trails to visit memorials to and cemeteries of the fallen from WWI. For...

French Travel Destinations: Top of the World, Nord-Pas de Calais

Separated from Great Britain by a narrow stretch of sea, the twin départements of Nord and Pas-de-Calais are pleasantly familiar yet delightfully different. Gillian Thornton explores the region’s coast, countryside and culture Standing on the...

12 Most Iconic Sites in Picardy

This region is rich in historic tributes: from showpiece architecture to memorials to the fallen of both world wars Related articles: Picardy at Peace Things to See and Do in Picardy Where to Stay and...

France Holiday Ideas: 5 Reasons to Go to La Terre des 2 Caps

Nestled between Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the heart of the Parc Naturel des Caps et Marais d’Opale, The Land of Two Capes is rife with nature, architecture and gastronomy to enjoy... Here are 5...

Things to See and Do in Picardy

Must-do events for your diary, sites to explore, arts, sports and culture Related article: Picardy at Peace REMEMBRANCE For an overview of the 1914-18 conflict on the Somme, visit the tunnels of the Somme 1916 Museum in...

Things to See and Do in Île-de-France

Not-to-be-missed events, historic sites to explore, plus arts, culture and plenty for the family to enjoy Related articles: Great Destinations: Île-de-France, Haunt of Kings and Artists 12 Most Iconic Châteaux of Île-de-France Where to Stay...

A New WWI Memorial at Hartmannswillerkopf

The peak of Hartmannswillerkopf in the Vosges was the stage of some of the most brutal clashes between German and French forces during WWI, earning it the grisly moniker of ‘man-eating mountain’. The summit...

Picardy at Peace

A frequent battleground through the centuries, modern Picardy combines tranquil countryside, historic towns and unique heritage. Gillian Thornton explores this fascinating region. Early morning in the historic heart of Amiens and from my hotel room...