Christmas shopping with your family

The Festive Season in France: Favourite Christmas Markets and More

Treat your loved ones to authentic gifts from spectacular France If you fancy a winter getaway or want to stock up on goodies for the festive season why not take a trip to a Christmas...

Cruising the Loire from the Coastal Port of Saint-Nazaire

Guy Hibbert boards the Loire Princesse for a leisurely cruise up the river from the coastal port of Saint-Nazaire through Nantes and beyond... The Loire is France’s longest river, rising in the Ardèche mountains more...

Explore Eure, the Hidden Gem of Normandy

Inland Normandy is often overlooked in favour of its coastal hotspots. However, Eure has a beauty of its own and plenty for intrepid visitors with a passion for the outdoors, art and history to...

Treasure Island: Alternative Ways to Visit Mont-Saint-Michel Bay

Gillian Thornton ventures far from the madding crowd with alternative ways to tour Mont-Saint-Michel Bay Wind on up the busy lane to the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel and you can’t miss the racks of picture postcards:...

Life in the Slow Lane: Boating the Canal du Midi

It was the first of many such moments. Sitting high up on the sun deck, cold beer to hand, gently guiding our Royal Mystique cruiser along a stretch of the Canal du Midi, I see unfold before me...

A Day in Vincennes, at the Eastern Edge of Paris

Jennifer Ladonne finds Paris's 'eastern lung' is a haven for everyone, from history buffs to birdwatchers to naturists For most visitors to Paris, a day trip outside the city means braving the lines at Versailles...

Legends and Traditions of Old Poitou-Charentes

Mary Winston Nicklin zips off to the historic province and former region of Poitou-Charentes in Nouvelle-Aquitaine to (re)discover the stomping grounds of her husband's ancestors Mamie Madeleine poured generous glasses of épine, a homemade apéritif...

Photo Essay: The Famous Pilgrimage Site of Vézelay

Just 3 hours on the A6 from Paris will bring you (back) to a remarkable era in French religious history. Situated in the Yonne department in Burgundy, Vézelay is a designated UNESCO World Heritage...

Beauty and the Beast: The Man Behind the Myth

Chloe Govan pieces together the story of the real-life "beast", 16th-century courtier Petrus Gonsalvus, and discovers how his cruel treatment at the hands of a diabolical queen inspired a fairy tale The 2017 Disney blockbuster...

Up for Adventure: Biking and Boating in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Gill Harris discovers there's more than one way to explore the sights and delights of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté They say it’s like riding a bike. And it turns out it is – in this case, literally. After...