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....

En Passant Par La Lorraine

There is in France a famous children’s song about a girl who walks through Lorraine in her clogs... Yet few foreign visitors follow in her footsteps. This is a shame as there is a...

More than a Pit Stop: Le Mans and Europe’s Iconic Motor Race

Gillian Thornton zooms off to Le Mans to discover the legends behind Europe’s most iconic motor race and follow in the treadmarks of action hero Steve McQueen Late afternoon and my husband and I have...

City Focus: Rouen in Normandy

Easily accessible from the south of England, and once a seat of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, this regional capital has various glories, both modern and ancient, to woo the visitor, says Robert Spellman One of the...

Essoyes à la Belle Epoque: Celebrating a Renoir Centenary

“For me there is no other village like it in the world. There I lived the most beautiful years of my childhood….”  Thus wrote the filmmaker Jean Renoir of his beloved Essoyes in his...

Remembering Balzac on the 220th Anniversary of his Birth

Debtor, caffeine addict and prolific writer, Honoré de Balzac has been all but forgotten by his beloved hometown of Tours. On the 220th anniversary of his birth, Marion Sauvebois joins the quest to put...

Fantastic Landscapes of the Jura Mountains

Don’t be fooled by appearances... despite the peacefulness, these mountains have an impetuous and unpredictable character: steep rocks, wild water features and steephead valleys... the Jura Mountains have many surprises in store! 1. ROCKS NIBBLED...