Museum Watch: Musée de l’Armée, Invalides

Louis XIV initiated the building of the Hôtel des Invalides in 1670, to serve as a nursing and retirement home for army veterans, a function that it fulfilled until the early 20th century. The...

The Hermione Arrives in Yorktown to Cheers and Fireworks

The replica of Lafayette's ship is a symbol of liberty and Franco-American friendship.

Remembering Oradour-sur-Glane

As Remembrance Day approaches (November 11), we are reminded of the horrors of war and of the soldiers who have given their service and often their life in the name of freedom. The day...

Holiday Ideas: The Heritage of Calvados

In the heart of Normandy, the department of Calvados boasts some of France’s most enchanting coastline and a host of medieval treasures. Here is our pick of the best. BAYEUX Bayeux is famous for its deceptively named ‘tapestry’ (which...

Commemorating the Fallen: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has been toiling tirelessly in the shadows since the First World War. At long last, its incredible restoration work is being thrust into the spotlight at a new visitor...

With Experience (my) France, You Will Live Like the Locals Do

Immerse yourself in authentic France with a small group tour in the Aveyron.

Every Street Sign Tells a Story: A History Lesson in France

France’s streets and squares provide a unique history lesson for travellers. Gillian Thornton digs deeper into the French national identity Wandering round the historic centre of Chartres, map in hand, I stopped on the river...

Exploring the Most Beautiful Villages in France

We all think we've been to the most beautiful villages in France – and we all have our favourites – that effortlessly impart a deep sense of France à l’ancienne, of local life seemingly...

Secret Valley of the Hérault

La Vall If you prefer to wander from the beaten path where pilgrim tourists throng in their hundreds, and discover untouched paradises, then look no further. It is possible to lose the crowds, to escape...

Travel to Salon-de-Provence, Where Nostradamus Lived and Died

Salon-de-Provence isn’t a major tourist destination. The high-speed TGV snubs the historic town and the voitures rushing to the coast have no time for it. Yet Salon deserves better. Huddled at the foot of...