Strasbourg, the City Which Gave France its National Anthem

Gillian Thornton discovers the turbulent past and vibrant present of the UNESCO-listed city of Strasbourg For the city which gave France its national anthem, Strasbourg has had something of a rocky ride across the centuries....

French Alps: Ski and Mountain Resort News

Dreaming of a post-lockdown ski safari in the Swiss and French Alps? Here’s where to find us this winter season. (Fingers crossed) Need to Know: Ski resorts are establishing details of how things will work:...

What to See and Do in Auvergne

As well as its beautiful villages and historic towns, there’s an abundance of nature and family fun to tempt you Related article: Discover the Enchanting Villages of Auvergne Great Outdoors For volcanic scenery, bijou communities and a...
Montpeyroux, Auvergne

Discover the Enchanting Villages of Auvergne

Wind your way south through the Auvergne where picturesque communities cluster conveniently close to the main road. Gillian Thornton took time out to explore With its dramatic volcanic scenery, vast skies, and tumbling rivers, the...

Virtual Tourism: France at your Fingertips

For frustrated Francophiles unable to visit France is there any joy to be found in the much-hyped world of virtual travel? Guy Hibbert investigates For the last decade we travellers have been taking advantage of...

Discover Pau, the Belle-Epoque Playground with Pyrenees Views

Dominic Bliss discovers ‘the most beautiful view of the Earth’ as this Belle-Époque playground enters a second golden age If you’re one of those tourists who doesn’t like to stick out like a sore thumb,...

Safety First: French Tourism Learns to Adapt to Covid-19

The impact of Covid-19 on tourism has been devastating. And yet in learning to adapt, France is finding fresh new ways to share its culture with visitors. Marion Sauvebois reports In the wake of quarantines...

The Sunflowers of Provence

If you read my previous post about the shutters you’ll know why they are part of the title of my blog, but what about the sunflowers? All over France and especially in Provence, from...

Foraging in the French Alps

“To be honest,” says our guide Simone. “I’ve never seen a mushroom like that before.” Poking out of the forest floor is a pale, heart-shaped fungi oozing what looks like blood. It’s not blood,...
Savoie Mont Blanc

Savoie Mont Blanc: Ski and Snow in the French Alps

Are you ready to have an epic winter break in the mountains? Now, more than ever, we all need fresh air and a recharge of our batteries... away from all the crowds, a retreat to...