In the Ancient Arsenals of Marseille, An Arabian Wellness Fantasy

A beautiful hammam located in the city's Old Port.

Bandol’s Wines: Provence’s True Star

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

Hostellerie de la Maronne: An Idyllic Place to Stay in the Cantal

A breathtaking panoramic valley, framed by volcanic mountains in the distance, greets visitors who stay at the Hostellerie de la Maronne in the Auvergne. (Housed in a 19th century maison de maître, or mansion, this...

The Silver Lining: The Simple Pleasures of Travel in France

Anticipating our trip to France to celebrate our wedding anniversary, I had researched and reserved some elegant hotels in special places we wished to re-visit. Fortunately, we missed the railroad, airline and garbage strikes, the gasoline shortages,...

Travel in Brittany: The Magic of Morbihan

Making quite the entrance by boat, Marion Sauvebois hops on the trail of Brittany’s ancient stones, medieval mascots – and mastermind thieves... I wave back with my free hand at the dog-walker gesticulating in our...

A Guide to the Villages of the Luberon

When we think of Provence, chances are we're thinking of the Luberon. This historic region between Aix-en-Provence and Avignon is perhaps the most beautiful in France, with rolling hills streaked with lavender and medieval villages...

Silk and sopranos: a cultural trip to Lyon

Gazing northwards from the 17th-century Pont Bonaparte, which connects Lyon’s old town via the Saône River to the grandiose Place Bellecour, each layer of the city’s history unfolds into view. 
I take it in:...

A Party in Le Havre: A Summer of Celebrations

The excitement mounted as I joined the revellers on May 27, the date the party got underway. Hundreds of people dressed in over-the-top costumes inspired by themes linked to the city waited in anticipation in front of the Hôtel...
Annecy, "Little Venice."

A Weekend in Annecy: Insider Travel Recommendations

The cure for most anything that ails is fresh mountain air. With winter arriving, I craved a higher altitude and slower pace of life, even if only for a weekend. A train ticket and...

Chasing the Sun: Writers on the Riviera

“I’ve just been for a walk on my small boulevard and looking down below at the houses all bright in the sun and housewives washing their linen in great tubs of glittering water and...