A Party in Le Havre: A Summer of Celebrations

The excitement mounted as I joined the revellers on May 27, the date the party got underway. Hundreds of people dressed in over-the-top costumes inspired by themes linked to the city waited in anticipation in front of the Hôtel...

In Memoriam: World War I

Across northern France, from Picardy to Lorraine, cemeteries and memorials mark the battlefields of World War I.

L’Hôtel Particulier, Une Ambition Parisienne

Private Parisian mansions, among the city’s most emblematic architectural treasures, are celebrated by an exceptional exhibition, L’Hôtel Particulier, Une Ambition Parisienne, at the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine.“Having your own townhouse was like...

Discover the Limousin, France’s Rural Heart

If you really want to get off the beaten track in France, head for the rural and little-populated region of Limousin, suggests Dominc Bliss. Discover medieval hilltop villages, imposing châteaux and swathes of stunning scenery... Back in the old...

Parisian Walkways: Passage Jouffroy, the Historic Covered Shopping Arcade

It is, and always has been, one of the most popular covered arcades in the French capital. Jeffrey T Iverson meets the people who give the Passage Jouffroy its unique air Stepping into one of...

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 Mystique of Megève

A minute or two is all it takes to fall under the spell of Megève—the icy cold air, the jingle of a horse-drawn carriage, the rush of a cascading mountain stream, the chiming of...

Not-to-Miss Remembrance Sites in Calvados, Normandy

Our selection of some of the more important museums and cemeteries in the département. Related article: Calvados in Normandy, Tales from the Parisian Riviera CAEN MEMORIAL A strategic target for Allied forces, Caen was nearly reduced to...

Shows to See Now in France: 3 Ways with Remembrance

A pause to learn, reflect and pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice France-Germany, 1870-1871 A conflict overshadowed by the two World Wars, the Franco-Prussian war remains an obscure topic to an international audience, and even to the...

The Cream of Chantilly

It may be noted for the lace and cream, but it's the house and gardens that are easiest on the eye. Eleanor Fullalove heads straight for this rural retreat in Picardy when the hustle...