10 Reasons to Visit Alpes de Haute-Provence

Bathed in sunshine 300 days a year and criss-crossed by lavender fields, the home of France’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ is an enchanting getaway... LAVENDER GALORE Perched 500m above sea level, the Valensole plateau is without a...

Travel in Brittany: The Magic of Morbihan

Making quite the entrance by boat, Marion Sauvebois hops on the trail of Brittany’s ancient stones, medieval mascots – and mastermind thieves... I wave back with my free hand at the dog-walker gesticulating in our...

Pilgrimages in France: Walking a Mountain to Mary Magdalene

The pilgrimage to Sainte Marie-Madeleine high on the Massif Ste Baume has always been one of my more accessible bucket list dreams. Now, I’m on my way. I am staying in the gorgeous Couvent...

Great Destinations: Île-de-France, Haunt of Kings and Artists

There is more to Île-de-France than just Paris. Proud Francilienne Marion Sauvebois ventures out of the capital to discover the picturesque villages that charmed the Impressionists, before going château-hopping and hitting the dance floor...

Franche-Comté: The Land of Plenty

With two mountain ranges, abundant rivers and a clutch of heritage towns, Franche-Comté has oodles to offer the holidaymaker, and yet many Francophiles have yet to discover it. Gillian Thornton reveals a few incentives... If...

France Through Its Words: 10 of the Best Literary Settings

In France, you are never too far from the setting of a novel. Dominic Bliss picks out 10 locations forever associated with some of the greatest stories ever told. ROUEN Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert Flaubert’s scathing...

Lofty Heights: Exploring Luberon’s Charming Perched Villages

Jennifer Ladonne grabs her backpack and heads for the region’s hilltop hotspots to discover the gems lying off the main tourist routes. Don't think there aren’t discoveries to be made in the many hilltop (perché)...

Mary Magdalene in France Today

I live off a street named Magdalene. For years I have taken the name for granted, religion of any persuasion isn’t an issue central to many in England and Mary Magdalene hardly features in...

A la prochaine! Saying Goodbye to a Long Hot Mediterranean Summer

As John Stark (Game of Thrones) would say, “Winter is coming!” Time to put away the sunglasses and swim suits. The days of lounging on warm Mediterranean beaches has ended for another year, and...

12 Great Places to Visit in Coastal Languedoc

Our pick of a dozen wonderful spots to visit along the Languedoc coast... Related feature article: Just Say “Oc”: Exploring the Languedoc Coastline ÉTANG DE SCAMANDRE The Réserve Régionale du Scamandre occupies 146 hectares on the southwest side...