Not Your Typical Classroom: Live and Learn en Provence

If you want to learn French, properly, you will need to put some work in, but, as Dominic Bliss discovered, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at the same time This is not your...

In Vino Veritas: Gérard Bertrand, Languedoc’s Wine Pioneer

Former rugby player Gérard Bertrand employs innovative techniques on his vineyards. Mary Winston Nicklin met the man making fine wine in the Languedoc Seven o’clock on a Friday evening in September and the crowds outside...

Every Street Sign Tells a Story: A History Lesson in France

France’s streets and squares provide a unique history lesson for travellers. Gillian Thornton digs deeper into the French national identity Wandering round the historic centre of Chartres, map in hand, I stopped on the river...

City Focus: Rennes in Brittany

Many a French city has surprised me over the years, most of them in a good way, but Rennes has so far been the only one to make me feel guilty. I hadn’t walked...

Great Travel Destinations: Auvergne, France’s Wild Child

Auvergne is untamed and rugged – a region of forests, mountains, remote farmland and dormant volcanoes, but it also has urban sophistication and culture. Dominic Bliss provides a fascinating perspective on this unique place Sooner...

Le Dernier Mot: A Passage to Corsica

Kristin Espinasse sets sail for the Isle of Beauty and navigates the pitfalls of on-board etiquette A friend recently messaged me explaining she was in the south of France and should she visit Corsica? Yes,...

Discover Cahors in Southwest France

Cahors is one of south-west France’s most unspoilt ancient towns. Formerly the capital of the old province of Quercy, the town perches dramatically on a rocky peninsula on a series of horse-shoe bends along...

Great Travel Destinations: Le Berry, The Green Heart of France

Part of the Centre region, the ancient province of Le Berry offers culture, architecture and countryside. Gillian Thornton made the two-hour journey from Paris Many visitors to France – not to mention its residents –...

The Côtes-d’Armor: Brittany’s Best-Kept Secret

Home to the atmospheric Pink Granite Coast, with its dramatic capes and glorious beaches, smatterings of historic villages and ancient landmarks, Côtes-d'Armor is Brittany's best-kept secret. Keen to explore its rich heritage? Here are...

Slow Tourism in the South of France: Explore the Drôme and Vaucluse

If you want a leisurely holiday with plenty of scope for exploring France’s culinary treasures, Stephen Davy-Osborne suggests heading for the Drôme and Vaucluse départements to sample their delights at a slower pace No walking...