Ardèche: A World of Picture-Perfect Wonders

The landscape of this rugged region has inspired humankind since prehistoric times. Gillian Thornton meanders amongst works of art both man-made and natural... As warm welcomes go, our reception at Mazan-l’Abbaye is positively scorching. This...

In the Footsteps of Victor Hugo in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Marion Sauvebois finds joy following in the footsteps of Les Misérables author Victor Hugo through the picture-perfect town which inspired his most famous work Buffeted by gales, hugging my flapping notebook for dear life, it...

Spring Fever on the Canal du Midi

Pledging to get back to nature, Rhiannon Rees embarks on a leisurely cruise along France’s most famous waterway – and becomes hopelessly smitten with life in the barge lane... If two years living and working...

Camargue Rules: Cowboys, Bulls and the Course Camarguaise

Chloe Govan visits the cowboys of the Camargue to discover centuries-old cultural traditions and encounter a humane version of the controversial art of bullfighting – without the bloodshed Bullfighting: brutal and bloodthirsty, right? In most...

Nîmes, City of Swallows

Leaving Paris for a couple of days can bring not only a change in scenery, but something akin to time-travel as well. A mere three hours by train, and the fields turn into rows of...

The Queen of Champagne: The Legacy of The Widow Clicquot

Once upon a time, French monks would enter the cold, dark cellars of their monasteries, only to discover that their precious wine was destroyed. Unbeknownst to these winemakers, the cold temperatures created a second...

Great Destinations: Limousin, Land of Fire and Stone

Colourful villages, masses of châteaux and wonderful local stone – a Limousin road trip is an exciting way to see the delights of this rural and sparsely-populated region. Hit the Route Richard Coeur de...

10 Reasons to Visit Auch, Ville à la Campagne

Home to a UNESCO-listed cathedral, the National Circus Centre and the finest Armagnac in the south, the capital of Gascony has more to offer than you ever dreamed of... MONUMENTAL AUCH They say the best things...
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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...