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Aerial view of Sète

5 Favourite Port Towns in France

Sète: A taste of the real Med Situated on the southern French coast between Montpellier and Béziers, Sète is a busy, bustling, working port in an unusual geographic setting. It resides on and around a single hill,...
Annecy, "Little Venice."

A Weekend in Annecy: Insider Travel Recommendations

The cure for most anything that ails is fresh mountain air. With winter arriving, I craved a higher altitude and slower pace of life, even if only for a weekend. A train ticket and...

The Somme: In Search of a Name

I was in Toulouse on the 23rd June 2016, learning a little French at Alliance Française. When I woke up on the morning of the 24th June I found I was no longer European,...

Unusual holiday lets in France

For your next trip to France, why not stay in a property that is a real talking point? Quirky architecture, an amazing history, a unique location..these qualities add interest and fun to your holiday....

Au Domaine de la Pommeraye: Luxury Spa Retreat

Nestled in the heart of Suisse Normande, in front of the historic 11th century Ganne Castle ruins, le Domaine de la Pommeraye is the perfect choice for a peaceful get-away in Normandy. It’s time...

10 Reasons to Ski in Val Cenis

Snowfall Val Cenis has been prone to some excellent snowfall. Last ski season, regular snowfalls throughout March saw an average of 240+cm on upper pistes, whilst February saw an average of 177cm. Val Cenis'...

Saint Émilion: A Postcard-Perfect Hilltop Town

Sitting perched on a limestone hilltop like a graceful balcony above the Dordogne Valley, Saint-Émilion is a town in the Gironde department in southwest France. In 1999, Saint-Émilion became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honoured for its cultural...

Holiday Rental in Normandy: Hibou Blanc

The best place to do everything – or nothing! Hibou Blanc, named after the barn owl, is a very comfortable, extremely well equipped Granite built house with 18th century origins. Set in its own ground,...
Firminy Vert, one of Le Corbusier's biggest projects

France Travel: Saint-Étienne, A Design Lover’s Dream

Located southwest of Lyon in the Rhône-Alpes, Saint-Étienne is a design fan’s dream. From funky galleries and museums to architectural gems, it’s the perfect place for a weekend city break. Here's what to see and do. A...
The lovely open square of Saint-Quentin

Hidden History: Explore Aisne in Picardy

Turning my car uphill towards the lofty town of Laon, my immediate reaction is to look up. The town stretches along a narrow limestone ridge that curves in a dramatic horseshoe above the rich farmland of eastern Picardy, and the road...