Just Say It’s Monsieur Vélo: Why I Live in Annecy

“Là je suis bien, je vois clair, il y a de l’air." -- Paul Cézanne It was good to be up high. It was good to breathe the fresh air perched atop Sainte Victoire overlooking the plains leading...

Where to Stay and Eat in Alsace

Castles and stately homes make up a proportion of the region’s hotel and restaurant venues. Here's a selection of some of our favourites. TOP RESTAURANT SELECTION Maison Kammerzell, Strasbourg Built in 1427, the most beautiful house in Strasbourg...

Limited Places Offer: 50% Off the Deposit on our Springtime Southern France Tour

At France Today Travels we have been delighted to see so much enthusiasm for our Springtime Southern France tour. With just a few places left on this luxury trip, we are offering an exclusive...

Paris Restaurants: Bistrot de la Galette in Montmartre

Patissier Gilles Marchal has been assiduously creating a delicious little empire in Montmartre for some time now. First there was his excellent pastry shop in the Rue Ravignan, then his Compagnie Générale de Biscuiterie, which sells biscuits named...

La Cave des Climats: A Fabulous New Wine Cellar in Paris

A wine cave is rapidly becoming the mark of some of the great Paris restaurants, and the Michelin-starred Les Climats is the latest example. Carole Colin and Denis Jamet, owners of the Burgundy-themed Les...
Shoppers in the Galerie Véro-Dodat

Parisian Walkways: Galerie Véro-Dodat, An Historic Covered Passage

The passage couvert, these glass-roofed shopping arcades which flourished in early 19th-century Paris, owed their success in part to a promise inherent in their architecture – the capacity to transport their visitors to another place. In the 1800s, a passage...

Puttin’ on the Ritz: The Story Behind the Legendary Paris Hotel

It has a history as rich and famous as some of its star guests and residents, yet it has also fallen on hard times, and well within living memory. The announcement in early 2012 that the Ritz Paris...

Restaurant Reviews: Tomy & Co. in Paris

Franco-Cambodian chef Tomy Gousset won an avid following of discerning regulars when he was chef at Pirouette, a contemporary French bistro in Les Halles. Now Gousset, who previously cooked with Alain Solivérès at Taillevent, Yannick Alléno when he...

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...

Restaurant Reviews: L’Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion

Now that the summer and autumn crowds have gone, the Bordelais are delighted to have the exquisite little town of Saint-Émilion to themselves again. Just 44km from Bordeaux, for them it’s an ideal day out for its beautiful...