Gateway to Mont-Saint-Michel: All Roads Lead to Pontorson

Scroll back to the year 1030, when Norman war bands set up camp on the River Couesnon, and you’ll find the beginnings of the gateway town of Pontorson, so-named after the Norman leader, Monsieur...

“Wwoofing” Kismet in the Cevennes Mountains of Southern France 

When my partner and I cast our proverbial net across the French farms listed on www.wwoof.net, fate intervened by matching us with just the right one: Le Lauzas, located in the Cevennes mountains of...

Hardelot Castle in The Boulonnais

A British Castle in France Visitors to the Castle of Hardelot in Condette will feel right at home given the sites long history with Britain. Come and explore this magical and historical land, surrounded by...

Boulogne-sur-Mer: Maritime Heritage, Folklore and Gastronomy

Boulogne-sur-Mer in Autumn Autumn is a time of celebration in the Boulonnais, given the area’s deeply entrenched history with agriculture and seasonal harvests. November sees the arrival of festivities and culinary delights, celebrating the harvest...

Boulogne-sur-Mer: A Land of History and Enchantment

Marked with an impressive history going back thousands of years, Boulogne-sur-Mer and it’s surrounding landscape is bursting with remarkable monuments. Perhaps the best time to visit this fascinating area is in the off-season, when...

Banyuls-sur-Mer: Our Favourite Harvest Festival in France (and how you can be part of...

With France’s history and culture so firmly rooted in agriculture, the harvest season is perhaps the most magical time to visit the country. It is a time of celebration: when bountiful crops ripened over...

France Holiday Ideas: The Charms of Langres in Champagne-Ardenne

This charming fortified hilltop town in the Haute-Marne department of the Champagne-Ardenne has ancient history and modern thrills in equal abundance. Here's what we love. ACTION-PACKED SUMMER Langres boasts a packed – and eclectic– summer calendar; and this...

Explore The Sarthe and Mayenne Valleys by Boat

A place of blooming nature and charming old villages Take a seat inside one of Anjou Navigation's houseboats to sail freely along those animated banks, full of unsuspected treasures. Created in 1980, this family company provides...

10 reasons to visit the Auvergne

1. Volcanic landscapes Dormant for thousands of years, the Auvergne’s volcanoes remain one of the region’s main draws. The most famous is the Puy de Dôme, which at 1,465 metres high offers unrivalled views over the...

Gardens, Grapes and Gastronomy: A Trip to Bourges and the Berry

Whatever age you live in and whatever your line of work, it rarely pays to upstage the boss. Ask anyone in Bourges, third largest town in the Centre region and a great base for exploring the south-east corner of the ancient...