48 Hours in Lille

Just over an hour away from Paris by train, Lille is the perfect destination for a quick weekend escape from the capital-- to see a completely difference side of France. The city’s time under...
Victor Hugo

Looking for Les Misérables in Paris

On the 135th anniversary of Victor Hugo’s death, Chloe Govan heads to Paris to relive the life-changing experiences that shaped one of the world’s most famous novels, Les Misérables For those Francophiles who have seen...
Vaults in citerne

Castle Capers: Exploring a Village Gem in Provence

One of our first missions on holidays in France is to search for the local tourist office (office de tourisme or syndicat d’initiative). Invariably, good advice in a number of languages is available plus...
Vieux Port De La Rochelle Côté Ville

Top 5 Reasons to Visit La Rochelle on the Atlantic Coast

Known as La Ville Blanche... It’s no wonder this beautiful port city on the Atlantic coast is one of France’s favourite holiday spots, with its wealth of history and proximity to charming islands. 1. Aquarium If you...
Biarritz - LE PAYS BASQUE

Great Destinations: Basque in Glory

The three Basque provinces of Nouvelle-Aquitaine have much to offer. Gillian Thornton explores this unique corner of southwest France. Dinner at Port Vieux in Biarritz is an experience to savour – not just for my...
Château de Bussy-Rabutin

La Vie de Château: The Châteaux of Burgundy

Banished courtiers, murderers, bloody battles and scandalous literature... the châteaux of Burgundy have seen it all. Stephen Davy-Osborne sets off on a journey into a rather colourful past It’s widely accepted that you don’t visit...

Simple Sophistication: French Gastronomy in Provence

The rustic-refined cooking of Provence has come full-circle, as French gastronomy makes a decisive shift towards simpler, more wholesome ingredients, says Jennifer Ladonne Who doesn’t love Provence? And who doesn’t love to eat? Put the...

Worth its Salt: A Trip to Salies-de-Béarn

Get your fix of ‘white gold’ in France’s capitale du sel, Salies-de-Béarn Nothing enhances a good meal quite like a top-quality table salt produced in the time-honoured way. France is blessed with a number of...

Dream Destinations: Where We Want to Travel in France

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe and much of the world is on lockdown at their homes, we reached out to our France Today contributors to share their travel dreams. Where do you...

Armchair Travel in France with Robert Louis Stevenson

Known for his classic novels like Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson was an adventurer. Born into a family of lighthouse designers in Scotland, as a young man he...