10 Reasons to Visit the Pays de la Loire Region of France

Nestling off the Atlantic coast and once a linchpin of the Duchy of Brittany, the Pays de la Loire is a smorgasbord of vineyards, swanky seaside resorts, historic nooks and offbeat attractions LA BAULE Once the...

The Other Riviera: Exploring Occitanie on the Mediterranean

Over three hundred days of sunshine a year, long stretches of Mediterranean coast and inland lagoons, fantastic water sports, walking and cycling, protected national parks and some of the best food and wine to...

The Peace of Wild Things: Cruising the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy

Originally designed as a method of transportation, the Canal du Nivernais is now a peaceful waterway, ideal for cruising gently downstream, as Alison Hughes discovered. If you have ever dreamt of slowing things down and...

Double the Fun in the Two Charentes

If you’re seeking la France profonde, with great weather, endless sandy beaches, and plenty for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike, you need look no further than Charente and Charente-Maritime, says Guy Hibbert. Having owned...

5 Reasons to Fall for the Touraine Province in the Loire Valley

Historic province and heart of castle country in the Loire Valley, Touraine is a region shaped by beautiful gardens, rich cuisine and, of course, numerous châteaux... A GARDENER'S PARADISE From the sweeping, manicured jardins of its...

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...

Things to See and Do in Burgundy

Events for your diary, sites to explore, arts, sports and culture Related articles: A Complete Guide to Burgundy: Venture Beyond the Vineyards Where to Stay and Eat in Burgundy The 12 Most Iconic Sites in...

The 12 Most Iconic Sites in Burgundy

There is much to see in this region rich in Roman and medieval history and heritage. Here are our top picks. Related articles: A Complete Guide to Burgundy: Venture Beyond the Vineyards Where to Stay...

Just Say “Oc”: Exploring the Languedoc Coastline

Glorious beaches, lagoons, medieval cities, bustling seaside towns and vineyards as far as the eye can see... Dominic Bliss visits the Languedoc coastline, where summer never seems to end From the Rhône Delta almost down...

Le Dernier Mot: A New Life in La Ciotat

After 10 years of living in the country, we may soon be moving to the city! Sometime last year my husband said adieu to the strenuous, uncertain life of the vigneron. Yet, while he...