France

  • 1 Discover the magic of Europe's top ten Christmas markets
    Find the magic of Christmas in one of Europe's top ten Christmas markets. Shop for trinkets and handcrafted goods in quaint wooden huts, or sit beneath the cascading starry lights and take...

  • 2 The crowning jewels of the Cote d'Azur
    From St-Tropez to the Belle Époque aura of Cannes; these seductive locations have always captivated sun lovers and socialites. There are also, of course, those niche spots where the per-capita...

  • 3 Discover the world of Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, France
    Set on the banks of the river Tarn in southern France, the historic French city of Albi is rich in the Languedoc style of architecture, featuring red brick and tiles, of which the Cathedral of Sainte Cecile...

  • 4 Last minute Easter escapes
    Leipzig: music, music, music! This year, the three divisions of Leipzig's oldest cultural institution, the Thomana, celebrate their 800th anniversary with a stunning programme of concerts and events....

  • 5 The Spanish 'Mona Lisa' goes to Paris
    This 'twin' of the Mona Lisa comes from the former Royal Collection and has been in Spain since the seventeenth century, and in the possession of the Prado Museum for the last fourteen years. It's only...

  • 6 The romantic heart of Le Mans
    Encompassed by a Roman wall, the beautiful centre of Le Mans is a perfect period setting and it's not unusual to arrive and find the streets lined with straw and sand while a veritable parade of historical...

  • 7 A treat for troglodytes
    The creamy tuffeau stone of the Loire Valley is soft and easy to excavate, which made it a popular building material for the great chateaux of this French region. Over the centuries, though, mining and...

  • 8 The snow show comes to Europe
    The heavy snow across Europe may have provided the kids with outdoor fun and a few unscheduled days off school but the severity of the polar cold snap is especially severe in Poland, Romania and the Ukraine,...

  • 9 Ten top ski resorts around the world
    Baqueira Beret, Spain
 The finest ski station in Spain boasts state-of-the-art ski lifts, more kilometres of piste than any other, and its strategic orientation pretty much guarantees good snow. This...

  • 10 The greenest cities in Europe
    Launched in 2008, with the first award made in 2010, the European Green Capital initiative is designed to promote sustainable development and care for the environment. As around four out of every five...

  • 11 Romy Schneider exhibition
    "Rarely has an actress been so beautiful and so moving. Rarely has a star been so blessed by the gods and so battered by fate, or a woman been so brilliant and yet so tormented." This is how...

  • 12 Paris: city of - Christmas - light
    They call Paris the City of Light, and at Christmas time the name's more appropriate than ever: the whole of the city on the Seine seems to be decked in magic. with glittering tinsel garlands, streams...

  • 13 The labyrinthine streets of Carcassonne
    The director, who is behind recent TV series The Good Wife and The Pillars of the Earth, as well as movie greats including Thelma and Louise and Blade Runner, has described Labyrinth as "a wonderful...

  • 14 Le Marais, the chic district of Paris
    Spreading along the right bank of the Seine, Le Marais is the perfect setting for a getaway: with galleries and museums, pavement artists decorating the streets outside the bustling cafes and restaurants,...

  • 15 Europe's spectacular natural heritage
    Dramatic mountains – the vast Durmitor massif in the eponymous national park in northwestern Montenegro, the volcanic mass of Mount Teide, and the dramatic Dolomites in the Italian Alps where green...

  • 16 A taste of true Parisian cuisine
    French is not only the language of love, it's the language of food: chef, menu, gourmet, cuisine... the words are so familiar to us in English that we barely stop to think that we've borrowed them from...

  • 17 On the trail of the Impressionists
    The works of such artistic greats as Renoir, Monet and Pissarro so frequently feature the picturesque hills of Marly-Le-Roi and Louveciennes, and the quiet stretches of the Seine as it idles through...

  • 18 Extreme Sailing comes to the Med
    Now in its fifth season, the Extreme Sailing Series is a unique concept: the vessels are Extreme 40 catamarans, all identical and capable of speeds over 70 kilometres an hour, and the eleven teams include...

  • 19 The sheer beauty of the French 'fjords'
    With its steep-walled inlets, known locally as calanques, the stretch of coastline between Marseilles and Cassis is one of the most rugged landscapes of the whole of the Mediterranean. The spectacular,...

  • 20 Casa del Mar: shades of blue on Corsica's southern coast
    Extensive gardens, a private beach, a back drop of mountains... the setting is perfect for this unusual hotel with its minimalist architecture and sleek elegance. The clear bright light of Corsica floods...



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