(De)tours in Tarn: Exploring Albi, Castres and More in Southwest France

Marion Sauvebois encounters art, music and religion as she discovers the many attractions – and distractions – of Tarn "Doooo, oui doooo, encore, non rééé, miiiiii...” cue bell-ringer Jean-Pierre Carme and his glamorous assistant over...

Enjoying the High Life on the Northern Coast

Dominic Bliss explores France’s northern coast, a glorious region of rolling coastal cliffs and vast sandy beaches, awash with history and gastronomy There are still dead bodies deep beneath the beach at Zuydcoote. When the...

Standing Before a King: Vauban’s Legacy in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Ten years since the legacy of France’s greatest military engineer was recognised by UNESCO, Sue Smith travels to Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to see the mark Vauban left on his homeland "Burgundy?” said my friends, eyes wide like...

Corsica Chronicles: A Week in Bastia

Five days in the Corsican port city of Bastia wasn’t enough for Mary Kay Seales to enjoy all that this French island has to offer, but it afforded her a tasty morsel and left...

Exploring the Treasures of the Dordogne Valley

Guy Hibbert hops into a classic Citroën 2CV to follow the River Dordogne’s leisurely path as it flows through the ancient province of Périgord, and discovers many a treasure en route Around every corner of...

The Road Less Travelled in Champagne & Ardenne

There’s more to Champagne & Ardenne than the obvious sparkling attraction. Gillian Thornton follows an alternative route across the newly rebranded region For many Francophiles, the historical province of Champagne has long been associated with...

Enchanting L’Isle: Kayaking and Cycling the River Isle

From Roman remains to deep mining tunnels, Heidi Fuller-love discovers a host of cultural treasures as she kayaks and cycles down the River Isle from Périgueux to Libourne The Isle River, a tributary of the...

Modern Art and Steampunk Fantasy: City Focus on Nantes

Past and future collide in Nantes, creating a glorious mix of modern art, steampunk fantasy and industrial heritage that has seen its rebirth as one of France’s coolest destinations, says Stephen Davy-Osborne Quitting law and...

The Curiosity Stop: The Village of Peille in the Alpes-Maritimes

A wonderful Provençal village without the crowds, Peille welcomes visitors with a sign declaring itself “le plus curieux” in the Alpes-Maritimes. Justin Postlethwaite finds out what’s so special It seems unthinkable that a village maire...

Great Wine Destinations: Alsace, Triumph over Adversity

The region of France with the most tumultuous history is also that which produces some of its very best wines. Jeffrey T Iverson heads east Most oenophiles agree that complexity is the sine qua non...