En Passant Par La Lorraine

There is in France a famous children’s song about a girl who walks through Lorraine in her clogs... Yet few foreign visitors follow in her footsteps. This is a shame as there is a...

More than a Pit Stop: Le Mans and Europe’s Iconic Motor Race

Gillian Thornton zooms off to Le Mans to discover the legends behind Europe’s most iconic motor race and follow in the treadmarks of action hero Steve McQueen Late afternoon and my husband and I have...

City Focus: Rouen in Normandy

Easily accessible from the south of England, and once a seat of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, this regional capital has various glories, both modern and ancient, to woo the visitor, says Robert Spellman One of the...

Essoyes à la Belle Epoque: Celebrating a Renoir Centenary

“For me there is no other village like it in the world. There I lived the most beautiful years of my childhood….”  Thus wrote the filmmaker Jean Renoir of his beloved Essoyes in his...

Remembering Balzac on the 220th Anniversary of his Birth

Debtor, caffeine addict and prolific writer, Honoré de Balzac has been all but forgotten by his beloved hometown of Tours. On the 220th anniversary of his birth, Marion Sauvebois joins the quest to put...

Fantastic Landscapes of the Jura Mountains

Don’t be fooled by appearances... despite the peacefulness, these mountains have an impetuous and unpredictable character: steep rocks, wild water features and steephead valleys... the Jura Mountains have many surprises in store! 1. ROCKS NIBBLED...

10 Reasons to Visit Tours, the Gateway to the Loire Valley

The gateway to the Loire Valley, Tours is far more than a mere stopover on the châteaux trail. With a flurry of world-class attractions and a dreamy Old Town to boot, it is a...

10 Reasons to Spend the Summer in the Jura Mountains

Here is a brief overview of the main reasons why you should book your summer holiday in the Jura Mountains. You won’t regret it! 1. DID YOUR CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY FALL THROUGH? Don’t worry – water in...

Great Destinations in France: A Guiding Light to Brittany

Brittany is the first port of call for thousands of visitors each year, yet many continue their journeys without a second glance. However, Stephen Davy-Osborne finds the region’s rugged scenery and dramatic seascapes are...

A Fallen Nobleman: Following the Footsteps of the Marquis de Sade in France

Chloe Govan discovers the dark heart of the Marquis de Sade, tracing his footsteps through Paris, Provence and an infamous fortress christened the Bastille of the Alps Nestled in the majestic foothills of the Savoie...