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Springtime Idyll: A Walking Tour in the Alpes-Maritimes

As the aptly named Train des Merveilles (‘Train of Wonders’) sped along, we were presented with a visual amuse-bouche of the landscapes we’d be seeing up close on a five-day walking tour through the...

Hostellerie de la Maronne: An Idyllic Place to Stay in the Cantal

A breathtaking panoramic valley, framed by volcanic mountains in the distance, greets visitors who stay at the Hostellerie de la Maronne in the Auvergne. (Housed in a 19th century maison de maître, or mansion, this...

The Medieval Village of Grimaud: Off the Beaten Path on the Côte d’Azur

Many people go to the Côte d'Azur to visit the much talked about town of Saint-Tropez. We went to discover the perched medieval village of Grimaud, in the hills, about fifteen miles away. Grimaud...

Parisian Walkways: Rue Daguerre, A Lively Market Street

In the 14th arrondissement, l'art de vivre is a way of life.

Exploring the Limousin Region: The Original “Plus Beaux Villages de France”

Far from the touristed crowds, discover the beautiful gems of this "undiscovered region."

Alpine Adventures: Parc naturel régional du Vercors

The Vercors region-- a mountain range with high plateaux located in the Rhône-Alps-- delights visitors with spectacular scenery, a variety of outdoor activities and a feeling of being far from the crowds. Even though...

Exploring Auvergne: Ballooning and Hiking in Volcano Country

Our pilot Dominique assures us that the lack of even a breeze is a very rare occurrence. It’s not even 7am and we’re at our third ‘test’ site, trying to get our hot air...

Rambling in the French Pyrénées

The French, in my experience, are either serious about walking or don’t walk anywhere at all. The local walkers I meet on the valley and mountain trails here in the French Pyrénées are weighed...

The Western Pyrénées: The Mountain Less Travelled

The steep, tightly snaking drive up to the La Pierre Saint-Martin in Pyrénées-Atlantiques may leave you feeling a little giddy, but the views from the top will soon clear your head. Perched up high...

Summertime, and the living in France is easy!

1. Faire la fête The south of France is blessed with a glorious summer climate and the locals make the most of it, at festivals which are spread throughout the season. Arts and theatre aficionados are...