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...
Jules Verne

In the Footsteps of Jules Verne in Nantes

Chloe Govan reveals the remarkable adventures of world-famous novelist Jules Verne, whose literary ambitions first took shape in beguiling Nantes Say the name Jules Verne and most people will think immediately of Around the World...

Travel and Health Insurance during Covid 19 Pandemic

Now that the FCO guidance on travel to France for "essential reasons only" has been lifted, you will want to make sure your travel insurance policy is up to date and not impacted by...
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...
Charente Valley

High Spirits in the Charente Valley

Gillian Thornton takes to the majestic Charente river to explore an area famous for its Cognac, comic books and naval links – through four historic towns on its banks... Holiday memories are strange creatures. So...

48 Hours in Lille

Just over an hour away from Paris by train, Lille is the perfect destination for a quick weekend escape from the capital-- to see a completely difference side of France. The city’s time under...
Victor Hugo

Looking for Les Misérables in Paris

On the 135th anniversary of Victor Hugo’s death, Chloe Govan heads to Paris to relive the life-changing experiences that shaped one of the world’s most famous novels, Les Misérables For those Francophiles who have seen...
Vaults in citerne

Castle Capers: Exploring a Village Gem in Provence

One of our first missions on holidays in France is to search for the local tourist office (office de tourisme or syndicat d’initiative). Invariably, good advice in a number of languages is available plus...
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...
Biarritz - LE PAYS BASQUE

Great Destinations: Basque in Glory

The three Basque provinces of Nouvelle-Aquitaine have much to offer. Gillian Thornton explores this unique corner of southwest France. Dinner at Port Vieux in Biarritz is an experience to savour – not just for my...