Chamonix-Mont Blanc

A Winter Weekend in Chamonix-Mont Blanc

Arguably, the grand dame of all French ski towns is Chamonix-Mont Blanc. As its name implies, the Alps’ tallest peak keeps an ever-watchful eye over the picturesque Chamonix Valley. Home to the first Winter...

Bandol’s Wines: Provence’s True Star

The Phoenicians were making wine in Bandol 2,500 years ago, before the Romans moved in.

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...

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...

Visiting the Town of Laguiole, Famous for its Knives

A perched village with a purpose.
On the road to Salies-de-Béarn

An Insider’s Guide to Gascony

Twenty years ago Gascony wasn’t on many people’s must-visit lists, but it’s now being lauded as France’s new Bordeaux and foodie paradise by Condé Nast Traveler and CNN. Bordered on the west by the Atlantic ocean, the south...
Charente Valley

High Spirits in the Charente Valley

Gillian Thornton takes to the majestic Charente river to explore an area famous for its Cognac, comic books and naval links – through four historic towns on its banks... Holiday memories are strange creatures. So...

A feast for the senses: Cannes, Grasse and Mougins

The city of Cannes is synonymous with glamour and extravagance, not least thanks to its world-renowned film festival, which rolls out the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals to welcome A-list movie stars...

Parisian Walkways: South of Pigalle, the Trendy District Known as SoPi

For years, most Parisians really only saw the 9th arrondissement as the place to go if they wanted to shop at Galeries Lafayette, buy an antique at the Hôtel Drouot or attend the Opéra...

Holiday Ideas: The Heritage of Calvados

In the heart of Normandy, the department of Calvados boasts some of France’s most enchanting coastline and a host of medieval treasures. Here is our pick of the best. BAYEUX Bayeux is famous for its deceptively named ‘tapestry’ (which...