Palazzo Farnese

An extraordinary exhibit offers the public a rare look inside the French Embassy in Rome.
Georges Simenon with wife Tigy, Josephine Baker

Georges Simenon’s Paris: Following in the Footsteps of his Fictional Sleuth, Jules Maigret

No wonder Georges Simenon set most of the Maigret stories in Paris – 63 out of 75 of them in fact. Because Paris is a compact city, it provides an unrivalled stage for crime...

Puy de Dôme: Summit a Volcano in France

Even if you’ve traveled to every nook and cranny of France, discovering such diverse geographical regions you’d think you had hopped continents, there’s always something new to explore. Take the Auvergne region in central...

For Sale: A Slice of Chateau in the Midi-Pyrénées

This first-class château conversion in the Tarn provides a fully restored luxury apartment, ideal for holidays and longer stays, and is the perfect solution for those buyers dreaming of the low-maintenance luxury lifestyle. The...

Of Castles and Kings

Not for the rugged Auvergne the sophisticated luxury of Renaissance châteaux. The great Massif Central, with dense forests and wild emerald ranges of extinct volcanoes, calls for stronger stuff. The châteaux d'Auvergne are mostly...

Émile Zola’s Paris: Following in the Author’s Footsteps

Paris was a gigantic building site when Émile Zola turned 20, in 1860. “A gash… gashes everywhere, Paris slashed by a sabre, its veins slit”, he wrote a decade later in La Curée. Living...

Unique Travel Experiences in France: Le Palais Idéal South of Lyon

With a sense of wonder I approached Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval (The Ideal Palace of the Postman Cheval). It's not your typical tourist mecca, but well worth the drive to search it...

The Fire of Notre-Dame de Paris

Images of Notre-Dame de Paris engulfed in flames caused shock and dismay the world over. A month on, however, we now know that this beloved landmark will be fully restored to its former glory...
Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Travel in Normandy: Treasures of the Seine Valley

When you think of Normandy, do you think of the D-Day landing beaches and Mont Saint Michel? Or perhaps Rouen’s gothic cathedral, the Bayeux tapestry, Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny and the picturesque port...

God! This Place is Beautiful or the Amazing Story of Loc-Dieu

Off the beaten path in the Aveyron, discover a beautiful abbey.