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...

Évian-les-Bains: A Town in a Bottle

Évian-les-Bains may be famous for its mineral water, but it’s also a destination in its own right, a town revelling in its Belle Époque glory that continues to attract those with refined taste. The...
the perfect picnic on the French Riviera

A Perfect Picnic in Nice

Four things I love to do on my annual voyage to Nice and the Côte d’Azur are: shop for a new pair of boots to take back to rainy Seattle for the coming year ...
Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, Saint-Pierre

Saint Pierre and Miquelon: France Far-off, France Forever

Fog-ridden. Weather-beaten. A treeless outcrop crusted with the spit of the sea. This seems to be the standard first impression of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a tiny cluster of French islands tucked beneath the vastness...

The Châteaux of the Loire, a Royal River

Have you ever wondered how Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa came to hang in Paris’s Louvre Museum? Well, no, it wasn’t through a sale at some prestigious global auction house, or even a dusty attic find. Five hundred years ago,...

Not Your Typical Classroom: Live and Learn en Provence

If you want to learn French, properly, you will need to put some work in, but, as Dominic Bliss discovered, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at the same time This is not your...
Stain glass window with Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Portrait of a Lady: Eleanor of Aquitaine

She inherited a vast chunk of France, embarked on a Crusade, married an English king and bore no fewer than ten children. Alison Hughes reveals the celebrated queen consort and her links to the town of...

48 hours in Champagne

More than just bubbly… Just two and a half hours’ drive from Calais, and under an hour out of Paris by TGV train, the Champagne region is ideal for a weekend getaway. How would you spend...

Great French Destinations: Champagne and the Ardennes

"Brothers, I am drinking the stars!” declared Dom Perignon on his first sip of the sparkling wine he helped invent in the 1600s. This monk, who lived in a Benedictine monastery in the heart of the Champagne region, wasn’t the...

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...