Read the Signs: Allée Sonia Rykiel in Paris

The iconic designer was immortalised in 2018 With her unmistakable hairstyle, Sonia Rykiel was a legend in France, an iconic fashion designer whose name was synonymous with knits, sequins and elongated silhouettes. Through her demodé philosophy,...

On the Plus Beaux Villages trail in Aveyron

When it comes to spectacularly attractive and well-preserved villages, the Aveyron département is truly blessed. It boasts no fewer than ten with the Plus Beaux Villages label – the prestigious guarantee of not merely aesthetic, historical and...

Parisian Walkways: Passage Choiseul, the Longest Covered Arcade in Paris

An arcade that was built by a bank as an investment venture is now home to a number of innovative entrepreneurs. Jeffrey T Iverson discovers the longest covered passage in Paris... Enthusiasts of French history...

Beauty and Bounty: On a Gastronomic Tour of Burgundy

A happy combination of fecundity and fortuitous location has made this famous wine region a foodie’s paradise. Guy Hibbert inspects its tables... The spring showers have fed the streams, lakes and canals; the snails are...

Great Destinations: Midi-Pyrénées, Lighting the Way

Underground and overground, Gillian Thornton celebrates the dramatic landscape and history of Midi-Pyrénées Darkness doesn’t get any blacker than deep inside the Pyrénées. As my senses gradually adapt, the bright sunlight of France’s far south...

7 reasons to explore France off the beaten track

France might be the world’s most popular tourist destination. But the focus of all this attention is mostly clustered around the usual suspects: flirtatious Paris, the picture postcard Alps, the smouldering Riviera and the...

Paris Restaurants: Le Taillevent, Gastronomic Excellence in the 8th

Named after Taillevent, a 14th-century chef and cookbook author whose real name was Guillaume Tirel, this exquisite restaurant on the quiet rue Lamennais has been an exemplar of Gallic elegance ever since it opened...

Explore La Manche, a Beautiful Corner of Normandy

Hands up if you've ever left one of France’s Channel ferry ports and driven on without stopping to discover this area. Rachel Ifans pulls over and finds plenty to see and do in this...

10 Reasons to Visit Lyon

Hailed as France’s ‘Capital of Gastronomy’ and blessed with a raft of historic landmarks and Roman sites, the birthplace of cinema has plenty to satisfy both rumbling tummies and hungry minds... B IS FOR BOUCHONS Unique...

Restaurants in Paris: Jòia by Chef Hélène Darroze

Well-known to both Londoners and Parisians for her restaurants at The Connaught Hotel and on the Left Bank respectively, French chef Hélène Darroze has just opened one of the most appealing new eateries to...