; Alfred Hitchcock researched the sets at the Moulin Rouge

My Life in Paris: It Had to Be You, Sugar

Theadora takes inspiration from a 1920s screen siren… and a bag or two of Haribos Call my agent! “My column is due,” I say to Kitty, my sleepy feline assistant. “You know the drill.” My...
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Shop Tax-Free in France With Your Smartphone

While tax-free shopping is a great and profitable option for non-EU residents – post-Brexit, this now includes British visitors to France – the process is complicated and cumbersome. The easy, government-approved ZappTax system simplifies...
The Lascaux Cave paintings, discovered by chance by teenagers in 1940, are among the most important in the world © Shutterstock

Echoes of the Past: Prehistoric Wonders in Southern France

Sue Aran explores the prehistoric wonders of southern France, a region dotted with reminders of our ancestors. I was rereading a book called A Summer in Gascony by Martin Calder and was reminded that one...

Just a Bit of Lido Fun

Theadora slaps on leggings and drags her unsuspecting sister to the Lido’s Bluebell Boot Camp. Synchronised dance may not be Theodora's wheelhouse but she did the Lido's limber Bluebell Girls, above, proud. Honestly, I didn’t...
An aerial view of Vannes, overlooking its fortified city walls and lawns with floral design

Explore Vannes: The Ideal Breton City

Quaint timbered buildings, modern shopping, bustling harbour cafés and stunning islands – Annaliza Davis explains why Vannes is the ideal Breton city. If you want a city in Brittany that sums up the spirit and...

The Epic Morozov Collection Comes to the Fondation Louis Vuitton

One of the most important private modern art collections in the world comes from Russia to the Fondation Vuitton in Paris for an unprecedented look at seldom-seen masterpieces. Here's a rare opportunity to take in...
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Where to Stay and Eat in Normandy in 2021

Our choice of hotels and restaurants to make your trip even more pleasurable. Related article: The Timeless Charms of Normandy, What’s New in 2021 HOTELS 5* Hôtel Le Saint-Delis, Honfleur New Relais & Château hotel in former home...
The view across the Old Bridge over the Orb river to the Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire in Béziers

You Can Have It All in Languedoc-Roussillon

A little bit Massif Central, a little bit Pyrenean and very much Mediterranean, the traditional region of Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of ever-intriguing contrasts, as discovered by Dominic Bliss. From the Rhône delta and the...
Hemingway with fellow American writer and journalist Janet Flanner, wearing their war correspondent uniforms in 1944 Paris

France Reimagined: On The Road with Ernest Hemingway

War hero, womaniser, carouser… Ernest Hemingway was larger than life. Lanie Goodman unearths the man behind the legend on a journey through France You’ve got to hand it to Ernest Hemingway. When he describes his...
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Great Northern Road Trips

Yearning to hit the open French road and combine glorious sightseeing with super stays? The departments of Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Aisne and Meuse in Northeast France have everything you could wish for – easy to...