France

  • 61 Hotel du Palais: five-star luxury in Biarritz
    The classical Second Empire style of the Hotel du Palais preserves the ambience of an era of splendour and glamour. A look at the history of the building that was once the summer palace of Emperor Napoleon...

  • 62 On location in Brittany
    The intention is quite simply to show the different faces of Brittany and the fascinating region around Finistere - "the land at the end of the world" - which has been used in the filming of...

  • 63 Chateau de La Chevre d’Or: breathtaking beauty
    They say that towards the end of his life, Nietzsche climbed one of the steep roads of the village of Eze and that the difficulty of the climb inspired him to write Thus Spake Zarathustra, a treatise on...

  • 64 Come to Angoulême, a comic-book mecca in France
    There are plenty of reasons to visit the traditional walled city of Angoulême, with its beautiful Romanesque cathedral, and its town hall built from the ruins of a medieval castle. But from 28th...

  • 65 Gourmet apres-ski in the French Alps
    Unsurprisingly, the apres-ski offer from some stations in the French Alps owes a lot to the cuisine and wine culture of the country. This is the certainly case at Les Menuires, where they are about to...

  • 66 Countdown to the Paris sales
      Eight o'clock on the morning of Wednesday, January 6th, is when the winter sales get underway in the French capital. From that point until the shops close on February 9th, the prices will get lower...

  • 67 On top of the world
      At the top of the Eiffel Tower Who could have predicted that the controversial hulk, designed for the 1889 World Fair, would eventually become the symbol not just of Paris, but of the whole of France?...

  • 68 The magic of Christmas markets
    Let's be honest: not everyone likes Christmas. In fact there are those whose response to carol singers, tinsel and turkey is most likely to be a curt, "Bah, humbug!" If that's the way you feel,...

  • 69 Christmas comes to Disneyland, Paris
    Father Christmas may not officially be getting the sleigh out quite yet, but on November 8th, Christmas got under way in Disneyland, Paris. From now until January 6th, there will be all kinds of festive...

  • 70 Renoir's last years, the Grand Palais, Paris
    Under the title Renoir in the Twentieth Century, the Grand Palais in Paris has brought together around a hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures and other lesser known works of Renoir (1814 - 1919). Some...

  • 71 Canalboats in France: all aboard!
    No worries about planning hotels in the next town, or whether you'll arrive in daylight or in time to find somewhere for a meal: take a week away, and take the accommodation with you, sailing in total...



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