Restaurants in Paris: L’Office, Now Run by Charles Nikitits

If I liked this small restaurant near the Folies Bergère when it was first opened by restaurateur Charles Compagnon, I like it even better since it’s been taken over and remodelled by Charles Nikitits....

Camargue Calling: Stay in an Historic Hideaway at Hôtel Les Remparts

About Hôtel Les Remparts Fully renovated and reopened in June 2018, Hôtel Les Remparts is a luxurious boutique hotel and spa in Aigues-Mortes, a marvellous medieval village in the Gard department, encircled by ancient fortifications. Your...

Montreuil-sur-Mer, France’s Best-Kept Foodie Secret

“This is an institution,” raves Martine Ligier, pointing right, left and centre at virtually every butcher, baker and candlestick-maker in Montreuil-sur-Mer’s market square. Sensing my growing dismay – “institutions” as far the eye can see,...

The Lap of Luxury in the Heart of Toulouse

The historic building that houses the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra, a 4* retreat in a choice corner on Toulouse’s Capitole square, has been many things during its long history. This ‘Pink City’ hideway served as...

Plenty of Horsepower: A Short Break in Le Perche

Gillian Thornton lets someone else take the reins on a short break in Le Perche "Marchez!" Ears pricked, the two huge horses in front of me launch into action with a rattle of harnesses and...

City Focus: Rouen in Normandy

Easily accessible from the south of England, and once a seat of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, this regional capital has various glories, both modern and ancient, to woo the visitor, says Robert Spellman One of the...

Restaurants in Paris: Rooster, Run by Chef Frédéric Duca

After four years as chef at the New York City branch of Racines, the Parisian bistrot à vin that restaurateur Pierre Jancou founded in the passage des Panoramas in 2007, Marseille-born chef Frédéric Duca...

VAN-IT: Explore France with Your Own Camper-Van

Every year, vacationing in camper-vans are becoming more and more popular, thanks to the freedom that this form of transport and accommodation offers. Being not much bigger than a people carrier, and less than...

Essoyes à la Belle Epoque: Celebrating a Renoir Centenary

“For me there is no other village like it in the world. There I lived the most beautiful years of my childhood….”  Thus wrote the filmmaker Jean Renoir of his beloved Essoyes in his...

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...