A Fallen Nobleman: Following the Footsteps of the Marquis de Sade in France

Chloe Govan discovers the dark heart of the Marquis de Sade, tracing his footsteps through Paris, Provence and an infamous fortress christened the Bastille of the Alps Nestled in the majestic foothills of the Savoie...

Six surprising reasons to visit the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is a big draw for visitors with most coming in search of the magnificent A-List châteaux. Given their sumptuous settings, flamboyant designs, stunning gardens and colourful history, it’s no surprise. But there...

City Focus: Marseille, France’s Second City

France’s second city is enjoying a resurgence, attracting visitors away from Provence’s more traditional tourist spots with its combination of arts, music, cuisine, architecture, shopping and edgy culture, says Dominic Bliss "I see Armenians, Comorians,...

Top 5 Destinations in Midi-Pyrenees

If you’re planning a holiday to the fabulous Midi-Pyrenees region of France, here are our top 5 destinations for an unforgettable holiday in France. 1. Rocamadour Rocamadour is a pretty village, dramatically built into the...

Cradle of the Renaissance: A Celebration in the Loire Valley

As the Loire Valley prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance, with the Viva Leonardo da Vinci! festival, Gillian Thornton immerses herself in the region's iconic châteaux, where half a millennium ago...

The Lot-et-Garonne: One of the Best Kept Secrets in France

The Lot-et-Garonne department in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of Southwest France has been described as "the France that you always hoped existed but could never quite find". It's idyllic; a paradise. I looked over at...

48 Hours in Deauville, the Elegant Seaside Resort

Just two and a half hours from Paris by train, which depart several times a day from Gare Saint-Lazare, Deauville is the destination of choice for many well-heeled Parisians looking for a quick weekend...

Sancerre, Not Just a Pretty Wine: A Photo Tour

If the name “Sancerre” springs forth visions of crisp white wine, dripping with minerality and dancing on your taste buds, then you are in for a treat. This luscious wine from Sauvignon Blanc grapes...

Beauty and Bounty: On a Gastronomic Tour of Burgundy

A happy combination of fecundity and fortuitous location has made this famous wine region a foodie’s paradise. Guy Hibbert inspects its tables... The spring showers have fed the streams, lakes and canals; the snails are...

Great Destinations: Midi-Pyrénées, Lighting the Way

Underground and overground, Gillian Thornton celebrates the dramatic landscape and history of Midi-Pyrénées Darkness doesn’t get any blacker than deep inside the Pyrénées. As my senses gradually adapt, the bright sunlight of France’s far south...