Following the Heart: Warp and Weft, a Tapestry

This is the second installment of the author's "Following the Heart" series, which details her journeys inspired by an encounter with Dom Bede Griffiths, the English Benedictine monk from Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire who...

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...

Villages with a History

The Vidourle Valley and its Villages Looking through tourist brochures can sometimes be tempting, because they list umpteen castles and attractions. But look a little closer and you will begin to see the footprints left...

Standing Before a King: Vauban’s Legacy in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Ten years since the legacy of France’s greatest military engineer was recognised by UNESCO, Sue Smith travels to Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to see the mark Vauban left on his homeland "Burgundy?” said my friends, eyes wide like...

Wealthy, Scandalous and Powerful: The Patrons of Paris

Marie-Laure de Noailles and Natalie Clifford Barney were both famed for their patronage of the arts but, as Lanie Goodman writes, even within the context of early 20th-century Paris, they were also notorious for...

Discover The ‘Terroir’ of the Western Front 14-18

Just as the military sites of The Western Front 14-18 are unique in world history, so too is the ‘terroir’ of the five regions – Northern France, Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace. This evocative French...

History of the Canal du Midi

The making of a UNESCO World Heritage Site The Canal du Midi was the result of the vision of one man, Pierre-Paul Riquet, who in 1662 wrote to Combert, minister of Louis XIV: "I am...

Exploring the Magnificent Bois de Vincennes in Paris

The eastern ‘Lung of Paris’, the Bois de Vincennes is a haven for wildlife and a playground for Parisians. Jennifer Ladonne explores its manifold delights Though Paris was a major instigator (and indeed the host)...

Free at Hôtel de Ville: Paris in Photos by the Magnum Agency

The Paris city hall has put on a number of noteworthy exhibitions that are free for the general public. The latest at the Hôtel de Ville is "Paris Magnum", which showcases the images captured...

The Somme: In Search of a Name

I was in Toulouse on the 23rd June 2016, learning a little French at Alliance Française. When I woke up on the morning of the 24th June I found I was no longer European,...