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Roman Days in the Arena

Why Nîmes is the Best Spot in France for History Lovers

France has so many amazing places to visit it's hard to decide where to start. If you're a Roman history buff, you must visit Nîmes. Nîmes is a city where you can see, touch and...
La Roque-Gageac

Favourite Travel Destinations: La Roque-Gageac in the Dordogne

La Roque-Gageac is my favourite village of all les plus beaux villages in France. After discovering it over 20 years ago, I've returned numerous times to savour its beauty and watch its transformation. Located...
Cathédrale Saint Front

Périgueux: Exploring the Capital of the Dordogne

Saturday morning in high summer finds me meandering up from my hotel towards Périgueux’s most famous landmark, the imposing Cathédrale Saint-Front. The original church dates from the 8th century, though this imposing, multi-domed beauty,...

Driving to the Corniche des Cévennes

Author Rick Lee runs a writing course in the Cévennes. Here, he writes a short story on an experience in France – similar to what you could write if attending his autumn writing course. 'One...

Perfect Base for Family Holidays in South France

Anyone who has visited the beautiful sun-drenched region of the Languedoc will know that there are a huge array of cultural, culinary and historic highlights within a stone’s throw of one another. It is perfectly possible...

5 reasons to visit France d’Outre-Mer

France has four départements, two territories and five collectivités territoires overseas, in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Here’s why you should venture to ‘France overseas’… 1. Sunshine! Now’s the time to escape the cold January and February...

Retail Therapy: How Would You Spend €1,000 on the French Riviera?

A former New Yorker, I’ve been based in the south of France since 1988. While I was growing up, I remember paging through a book about Matisse’s early period in Nice and wanting to...

The All-American Roots of the French Riviera

Madame Marianne Estène-Chauvin is a living, breathing embodiment of the Côte d’Azur. The proprietress of the Hotel Belles Rives, where Woody Allen’s recent Jazz Age romp Magic in the Moonlight was filmed, meets me...

Parisian Walkways: South of Pigalle, the Trendy District Known as SoPi

For years, most Parisians really only saw the 9th arrondissement as the place to go if they wanted to shop at Galeries Lafayette, buy an antique at the Hôtel Drouot or attend the Opéra...

Decadent Deauville: a trendy seaside hotspot 

Deauville: We recommend five places to visit in Lower Normandy’s chicest holiday destination. The seaside resort of Deauville is known worldwide. Situated in Calvados (Basse-Normandie), Deauville is renowned for its architecture which combines styles from...