Time for an Apéro

It's the mellowest moment of a day in France, a delightful interlude between the day's activity and a pleasurable meal: l'heure de l'apéro. When a waiter says those magic words—Désirez-vous un apéritif?—think of it as...

Attention All Bike and Wine Lovers: Cruising and Cycling with Boat Bike Tours

Cruising and cycling in France As far as holiday destinations go it doesn’t get any better than the Bordeaux and Champagne regions of France. Lovers of fine wine and cycling can easily combine their passions...

Pass the Pastis: A History of France’s 2nd Favourite Drink

One way of saying "I'm in trouble," in French is to declare "Je suis dans le pastis."

Great Destinations: Bordeaux Wine Country

With the wonderful new Cité du Vin to lead the way, there’s a new sense of fun and openness about the Bordeaux wine region. The châteaux doors are opening to the public, the terroirs and appellations are...
Fromagerie Olivier

How Would You Spend €1,000 in Normandy?

With no effort at all I’ve got all the crème fraîche, delicious wine, hard cider, tipsy Calvados, gorgeous produce, fine meats, and foie gras whenever I want it. If I want linen goods, made with flax grown practically outside...
Château de Mercuès

Time with Wine: Malbec on the Rise in France

The view from the terrace of Château de Mercuès is impressive enough, but the hotel’s charming General Manager, Yann Potet, insists we follow him to ever higher vantage points. Sure enough, up amongst the turrets and crenelated roofs...

Great French Destinations: Champagne and the Ardennes

"Brothers, I am drinking the stars!” declared Dom Perignon on his first sip of the sparkling wine he helped invent in the 1600s. This monk, who lived in a Benedictine monastery in the heart of the Champagne region, wasn’t the...

Loire Valley Wines: The Rise of the Cabernet Franc Grape

This black grape is set to make an increasing impact upon the valley best known for its white wines.

Great Travel Destinations: Martinique, Island of Queens

By 1763, the French had lost the Seven Years’ War, and it was time for the British to make their territorial claims in the New World. They had two real options: they could claim Canada, where France still ruled vast...

Great Destinations in France: A World of New Adventure in Alsace

It's a part of France that is unlike any other (not least because it hasn't always been a part of France.) Much of the culture is distinctly German, and the influence of the Swiss...