My Life in Paris: Of Spies and Cheese

This is Gare Saint-Lazare on rue Amsterdam, a favourite subject for Monet and Manet. It’s the second busiest train station in Paris; always buzzing with commuters, sightseers, street musicians, produce vendors, and – inevitably...

Tips for Planning the Timing of your Holiday in France

France is a fantastic place, the most visited country in the world. I am an American but have been living in France and working for a large French company for the last 12 years...

The Château de la Hunaudaye: A Medieval Fortress in Brittany

XII Century castle in Pledeliac, Cotes D'Armor The Château de la Hunaudaye is a medieval fortified castle built in the 12th century, on a former gallo-roman setting at the edge of the Forest of La...

Parisian Walkways: Faubourg Saint-Antoine, the Heart of Fine French Cabinet-Making

Every year, more than seven million people flock to the Palace of Versailles to behold the jaw-dropping luxury in which the French monarchy once resided. They stand wide-eyed before the towering frescoed ceilings; they marvel at the gilded wood panelling, the...
ville de Albi

5 Favourite Cathedral Cities in France

Albi: Gateway to the Tarn The capital of the Tarn, and a UNESCO World Heritage city, Albi is a portal into the world of the Cathars. Indeed, its crowning glory, the Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile, was built to send...

Revisioning Lourdes, the World-Famous Site of Christian Pilgrimage

For 159 years, millions of the faithful from all over the world have flocked to Lourdes, where, it is said, the sick can be healed miraculously. But as 21st-century medicine refuses to declare any...

Jeanne Lanvin: The Great Lady of Haute Couture

The founder of the longest-running French fashion house embodied the emerging values of the independent modern woman.
The village square in Cotignac

Picturesque Provence: A Riviera Day Trip to the Village of Cotignac

Cotignac is a worthwhile day trip into the Provençal hills from the Côte d'Azur. Situated about 20 kilometers north of Brignoles off the A8 autoroute through rural terrain, Cotignac is in the Var department....

Tourist Regions Of Tarn

Albi Castres Bastides Tarn Valley  In the space of a few kilometres, you can go from one world to another: the Tarn has a wealth of micro-regions, each one different, and all ready to share...

Picardy at Peace

A frequent battleground through the centuries, modern Picardy combines tranquil countryside, historic towns and unique heritage. Gillian Thornton explores this fascinating region. Early morning in the historic heart of Amiens and from my hotel room...