Montpeyroux, Auvergne

Discover the Enchanting Villages of Auvergne

Wind your way south through the Auvergne where picturesque communities cluster conveniently close to the main road. Gillian Thornton took time out to explore With its dramatic volcanic scenery, vast skies, and tumbling rivers, the...

Virtual Tourism: France at your Fingertips

For frustrated Francophiles unable to visit France is there any joy to be found in the much-hyped world of virtual travel? Guy Hibbert investigates For the last decade we travellers have been taking advantage of...

Discover Pau, the Belle-Epoque Playground with Pyrenees Views

Dominic Bliss discovers ‘the most beautiful view of the Earth’ as this Belle-Époque playground enters a second golden age If you’re one of those tourists who doesn’t like to stick out like a sore thumb,...

Safety First: French Tourism Learns to Adapt to Covid-19

The impact of Covid-19 on tourism has been devastating. And yet in learning to adapt, France is finding fresh new ways to share its culture with visitors. Marion Sauvebois reports In the wake of quarantines...

The Sunflowers of Provence

If you read my previous post about the shutters you’ll know why they are part of the title of my blog, but what about the sunflowers? All over France and especially in Provence, from...

Foraging in the French Alps

“To be honest,” says our guide Simone. “I’ve never seen a mushroom like that before.” Poking out of the forest floor is a pale, heart-shaped fungi oozing what looks like blood. It’s not blood,...
The hilltop ‘Plus Beau Village’ of Vézelay

Off the Beaten Track Around Burgundy

While it may be most famous for its celebrated wines, the region of Burgundy is also full of surprises, as Caroline Harrap discovers on a back-in-time tour of its lesser-known treasures Standing atop a small...
Éloge de la Transgression.

48 Hours in Nantes

Just two hours away from Mont-Saint-Michel, in the south of Brittany, Nantes was dubbed the ‘loopiest city in France’ by The Sunday Times. Follow the city’s Green Line to find out why... DAY 1 9am: Walk...
Tarn-et-Garonne

Great Destinations: The Waterways of Tarn-et-Garonne

Gillian Thornton explores this watery idyll in the South-West Relaxing in the hot tub at the Moulin de Moissac hotel, I’m soaking up the tranquil view as well as the bubbles. Beyond the arched window...
Annecy

Annecy: The Best Place to Live in France

Following a two-year study... Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie, has been declared the best place to live in France following a two-year study by ‘L’association des villes et villages où il fait bon vivre’, which looked...