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...

Recipes by Best-Selling Food Author Trish Deseine

Delicious, simple, and easy-to-prepare recipes are my hallmark. With four children, life got busy, fast. I simply didn't have time to spend hours in the kitchen, mastering complicated techniques with hi-tech equipment. I learned...

Le Dernier Mot: An Exception to Every Rule

The first time I heard about “an exception to every rule” was in French class. Soon after, I would learn that the phrase goes far beyond grammar to encompass rules in everyday French life....

The Bridge 2017: The Historic Transatlantic Race Celebrates Franco-American Friendship

It was a race like no other: the Queen Mary 2 against a fleet of giant trimarans, the course retracing the route American forces took in 1917. Precisely 100 years to the day of...

My Life in Paris: Of Spies and Cheese

This is Gare Saint-Lazare on rue Amsterdam, a favourite subject for Monet and Manet. It’s the second busiest train station in Paris; always buzzing with commuters, sightseers, street musicians, produce vendors, and – inevitably...

Read the Signs: The Promenade des Anglais in Nice

One of the most iconic boulevards in France, the Promenade des Anglais stretches 7km around Nice‘s Bay of Angels. The busy street is lined with shops, hotels and restaurants, and the city’s festivals all...

Travel in Brittany: The Magic of Morbihan

Making quite the entrance by boat, Marion Sauvebois hops on the trail of Brittany’s ancient stones, medieval mascots – and mastermind thieves... I wave back with my free hand at the dog-walker gesticulating in our...

Pilgrimages in France: Walking a Mountain to Mary Magdalene

The pilgrimage to Sainte Marie-Madeleine high on the Massif Ste Baume has always been one of my more accessible bucket list dreams. Now, I’m on my way. I am staying in the gorgeous Couvent...

Parisian Walkways: The Rebirth of the Le Viaduc des Arts in the 12th Arrondissement

For more than a century, one of the main arteries feeding the heart of the French capital was a train line that arrived from east of Paris and reached its terminus at Place de...

Great Destinations: Île-de-France, Haunt of Kings and Artists

There is more to Île-de-France than just Paris. Proud Francilienne Marion Sauvebois ventures out of the capital to discover the picturesque villages that charmed the Impressionists, before going château-hopping and hitting the dance floor...