Summer in France: How to Spend 48 Hours in Le Touquet

Situated by the sea just a two-hour train ride from Paris, Le Touquet makes a popular weekend destination for Parisians looking to escape the city, especially in summer. Here we round up recommendations for...

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,...

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...

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...

City Focus: Exploring Auxerre in Burgundy

An ancient city that once stood on an important Roman road, Auxerre has always benefitted from trade and is now looking forward to the future with confidence. Guy Hibbert visits the capital of the...

Why Travel to Toulouse Now: Mama Shelter Opens in La Ville Rose

Toulouse is on top. With the November launch of new attraction La Halle de La Machine, marked by a 46-tonne Minotaur roaming the city’s streets, restorations currently improving the Musée des Augustins, and a...

City Focus: Arras in Northern France

A short tootle from Calais, the town of Arras offers the perfect mix of history, culture and retail temptation, says Gillian Thornton Viewed from the narrow balcony high on the Bell Tower, the townscape of...

A Winter Wonderland in Le Touquet

Le Touquet – Paris by the sea. If it’s good enough for the Macrons… Just a 2 hr, 30-minute ride from Gare du Nord (pack a snack for the train from L'Etoile, Thierry Marx’s bistro)...

10 Reasons to Visit Picardy

Ravaged during WWI’s trench-bound stalemate, Picardie is a true phoenix from the ashes. An unmissable stopover on this centenary year, the region has it all: history, culture and oodles of natural gems REMEMBRANCE TRAIL This centenary...