Le Dernier Mot: A Passage to Corsica

Kristin Espinasse sets sail for the Isle of Beauty and navigates the pitfalls of on-board etiquette A friend recently messaged me explaining she was in the south of France and should she visit Corsica? Yes,...

Plan Your French Holiday: The Allure of the Sarthe

A breathe of fresh air, just 54 minutes from Paris.

Caving – Languedoc Roussillon

Exploring caves in the Languedoc-Roussillon I’ve never been one for actively choosing to spend my holidays in the dark - give me a stretch of golden sand and blue sky any day - but ever...
Lascaux 4

Inside Lascaux 4: A Full-Size Replica of the Famous Cave

In September 1940, four French teenagers made a unique discovery in the gently rolling countryside bordering the Vézère: a subterranean cave lavishly decorated with paintings 20,000 years old. Even in wartime, word soon spread. Listed as a Historic Monument...

Great Destinations: Limousin, Land of Fire and Stone

Colourful villages, masses of châteaux and wonderful local stone – a Limousin road trip is an exciting way to see the delights of this rural and sparsely-populated region. Hit the Route Richard Coeur de...
Boats in French harbour

Cassis and the Calanques: Exploring France’s Mediterranean Coast

As I walked down the hillside into the backstreets of Cassis, there was no sign of the autumn mists and torrential rains which had struck Provence during the previous days. In the distance, the...

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...

The Other Riviera: Exploring Occitanie on the Mediterranean

Over three hundred days of sunshine a year, long stretches of Mediterranean coast and inland lagoons, fantastic water sports, walking and cycling, protected national parks and some of the best food and wine to...

Strasbourg: New Contemporary Architecture in the Capital of Alsace

In the city where the famous cathedral fetes its 1000th birthday this year, a cool wave is shaping the future.

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...