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...

10 Reasons to Visit Gers-Gascony

Venture to the land of d’Artagnan for picturesque medieval villages, glorious rolling countryside and an abundance of arts, crafts and festivals, not to mention heavenly food, wines and Armagnac.  1. Scenic Relaxation Soak up the hills...
The tidal island of Noirmoutier

The Lure of La Vendée in Pays de la Loire

This coastal departément is famous for its sunshine, but there is much more to discover, writes Stephen Davy-Osborne Beautiful sandy beaches and levels of sunshine more closely associated with France’s Mediterranean seaboard than its western...
Musee Oceano

Explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef… in Monaco

Monaco's Oceanographic Museum launches its new exhibition 'Immersion' - a virtual diving experience of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Propped on the side of the mythical Rock, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, built in 1920, is...