A Day in Vincennes, at the Eastern Edge of Paris

Jennifer Ladonne finds Paris's 'eastern lung' is a haven for everyone, from history buffs to birdwatchers to naturists For most visitors to Paris, a day trip outside the city means braving the lines at Versailles...

Legends and Traditions of Old Poitou-Charentes

Mary Winston Nicklin zips off to the historic province and former region of Poitou-Charentes in Nouvelle-Aquitaine to (re)discover the stomping grounds of her husband's ancestors Mamie Madeleine poured generous glasses of épine, a homemade apéritif...

Photo Essay: The Famous Pilgrimage Site of Vézelay

Just 3 hours on the A6 from Paris will bring you (back) to a remarkable era in French religious history. Situated in the Yonne department in Burgundy, Vézelay is a designated UNESCO World Heritage...

Beauty and the Beast: The Man Behind the Myth

Chloe Govan pieces together the story of the real-life "beast", 16th-century courtier Petrus Gonsalvus, and discovers how his cruel treatment at the hands of a diabolical queen inspired a fairy tale The 2017 Disney blockbuster...

Up for Adventure: Biking and Boating in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Gill Harris discovers there's more than one way to explore the sights and delights of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté They say it’s like riding a bike. And it turns out it is – in this case, literally. After...

Monument Man: Exploring Mâcon, Birthplace of Alphonse de Lamartine

On the 150th anniversary of Alphonse de Lamartine’s death, Marion Sauvebois unspools the life of the beloved poet, national hero, abolitionist and enduring enigma, whose passing sparked a furious race for the privilege to...

Top 5 Locations in Limousin

Limousin is often overlooked as a destination in France, with many people simply driving through on their way to better known holiday spots. However if you do visit, you‘ll find miles of unspoilt natural...

Road Trip through the Rhône Valley

The Rhône Valley is a place of remarkable beauty and astonishing diversity, a patchwork landscape woven together by a common thread: its legendary wines. Jennifer Ladonne gets a taste of the area between Lyon...

Champagne and More: 10 Reasons to Visit Haute-Marne

With a flurry of natural wonders, architectural gems at every turn – and soon its own national park – Haute-Marne is the total package. It even found favour with the notoriously picky Charles de...

Beyond the Riviera in the Alpes-Maritimes

The crowded coastline of the far southeastern corner of France continues to attract summer and winter visitors, but there is much more to be discovered in the immediate hinterland, beyond the Côte d’Azur itself....