road sign to a memorial in the Gers

Hidden France: Memories of the Resistance in the Gers

More often than not I’ve found that detours can enrich our journeys, altering us in unexpected ways. I often take the roads less travelled, choosing the unpredictable instead of being tethered to a map. Such was the result recently after...

5 reasons to visit France d’Outre-Mer

France has four départements, two territories and five collectivités territoires overseas, in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Here’s why you should venture to ‘France overseas’… 1. Sunshine! Now’s the time to escape the cold January and February...

Great French Destinations: Raise a Glass to Gironde

Rolling vineyards and alluring wine routes, oodles of gorgeous châteaux and a coastline steeped in history – this is a corker of a region. Gill Harris reveals just why you should pay it a...

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...

Camargue Rules: Cowboys, Bulls and the Course Camarguaise

Chloe Govan visits the cowboys of the Camargue to discover centuries-old cultural traditions and encounter a humane version of the controversial art of bullfighting – without the bloodshed Bullfighting: brutal and bloodthirsty, right? In most...
Beynac-eat-Cazenac in the Dordogne

Hollywood sur Dordogne: What’s New for Visitors in 2021

Chloe Govan reveals the Dordogne Valley’s showbiz side, as she explores what’s new for visitors in 2021 in a location where modern and medieval mix... Dordogne is renowned as the land of 1001 châteaux but...
bouchets, mussels, in Brittany

Mussels from the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel

Folklore has it that in 1235, an Irishman (or Scotsman, depending on which version you believe) named Patrick Walton was shipwrecked in the Bay de l'Aiguillon in the Charente region of France. Accustomed to trapping seabirds...

Château de Chambord: Francis I’s Incredible Loire Valley Palace

Approached by a long, tree-lined road, the Château de Chambord is a breathtaking vision to behold, rising up like the Mont Saint-Michel, but out of an ocean of forest. With dozens of chimneys, cupolas,...
Musee Oceano

Explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef… in Monaco

Monaco's Oceanographic Museum launches its new exhibition 'Immersion' - a virtual diving experience of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Propped on the side of the mythical Rock, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, built in 1920, is...
Menton

The French Riviera in Winter

Those who winter in the South of France sojourn in the shadow of greats. The blazing winter sun tempted 19th-century celebrity to the Côte d’Azur: royalty, nobility, artists, authors. Just as café follows déjeuner, the merely wealthy followed the fabulously...