Arles aerial view

City Focus: Arles in the South of France

The northern gateway to the Camargue, Arles successfully blends the very old and the thoroughly modern. Gillian Thornton walks in Roman footsteps to find Van Gogh Pitch up in Arles and it won’t be long...
ROYAL ROPEWORKS , Corderie-Royale-Rochefort

Top 12 Cultural Attractions in the Charente Valley

The Charentes’ lush meanders and kinks have something to amuse everyone Related article: High Spirits in the Charente Valley Royal Ropeworks The longest rope factory in Europe in the 17th century, the Corderie Royale was built beside...
Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral

City Focus: Valence in Drôme

Nestled on the eastern bank of the Rhône, Valence has long boasted the river’s largest marina for private craft. Just south of the city, the Port de l’Épervière is a popular and affordable mooring...
Vieux Port De La Rochelle Côté Ville

Top 5 Reasons to Visit La Rochelle on the Atlantic Coast

Known as La Ville Blanche... It’s no wonder this beautiful port city on the Atlantic coast is one of France’s favourite holiday spots, with its wealth of history and proximity to charming islands. 1. Aquarium If you...
Camping l'Ardéchois

Camping Nature Parc l’Ardéchois

Camping Nature Parc l'Ardéchois is a campsite that doesn't rest on its laurels. We are constantly improving and evolving based on our golden guideline: authenticity, simplicity and happiness. Camping Nature Parc l’Ardéchois offers a...

City Focus: Angers, The Historic Capital of Anjou

From my lofty vantage point on the broad ramparts of Angers’s medieval fortress, the high points of this attractive city stand proud above the rooftops, an open invitation to explore. Dominating the Old Town are...

City Focus: Chartres, Gateway to the Loire Valley

Northern gateway to the Loire Valley, Chartres offers plenty of surprises, both day and night. Gillian Thornton explores Walk through the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres on a sunny day and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch...

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...