A Guide to the Villages of the Luberon

When we think of Provence, chances are we are thinking of the Luberon. This historic region between Aix-en-Provence and Avignon is perhaps the most beautiful in France, with rolling hills streaked with lavender and medieval...

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...

12 Great Places to Visit in the French Pays Basque

The Basque people have been living in this part of Europe for thousands of years, giving them plenty of time to evolve their very individual culture. In the French Pays Basque this is evident through...
The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...
Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Travel in Normandy: Treasures of the Seine Valley

When you think of Normandy, do you think of the D-Day landing beaches and Mont Saint Michel? Or perhaps Rouen’s gothic cathedral, the Bayeux tapestry, Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny and the picturesque port...

The Riviera’s Gardens and Parks: Best Botanical Sites on the Mediterranean Coast

The French Riviera is a garden-lover’s paradise, a sun-soaked horticultural heaven lined on its southern edge by the twinkling Mediterranean. From Antibes to Cagnes-sur-Mer, Gourdon to Grasse and Nice to Beaulieu there are some 80 gardens and parks open to...

Château de Saint Mesmin: Step into the Middle Ages in the Deux-Sèvres

In the springtime, the fields of the Deux-Sèvres in western France are a dazzling patchwork of lush green and brilliant yellow colza. Follow a narrow country lane over a bridge—this little Sevreau stream actually...

Great Travel Destinations: Martinique, Island of Queens

By 1763, the French had lost the Seven Years’ War, and it was time for the British to make their territorial claims in the New World. They had two real options: they could claim Canada, where France still ruled vast...
ville de Albi

5 Favourite Cathedral Cities in France

Albi: Gateway to the Tarn The capital of the Tarn, and a UNESCO World Heritage city, Albi is a portal into the world of the Cathars. Indeed, its crowning glory, the Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile, was built to send...
Stain glass window with Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Portrait of a Lady: Eleanor of Aquitaine

She inherited a vast chunk of France, embarked on a Crusade, married an English king and bore no fewer than ten children. Alison Hughes reveals the celebrated queen consort and her links to the town of...