France

  • 41 The Cathar castles of Languedoc
    Tired of the angry criticism and growing influence of the Cathars, who rejected the physical world of power and matter and aspired to the purely spiritual, in 1208, the Catholic Church declared their...

  • 42 Destinations to see in the New Year in style
    Skiing in the French Pyrenees What better way to welcome in the New Year than with a few days of skiing, snowboarding and all kinds of other winter sports at Piau Engaly on the north face of the French...

  • 43 Christmas markets sparkle across Europe
    Traditional markets, where you can enjoy the colours of Christmas, buy a real fir tree, mistletoe, tinsel and trappings, the toys and ornaments that bring memories of childhood flooding back, where you...

  • 44 The glitz list: destinations with glamour
    From the Swiss mountains to the South Seas: exclusive beaches and ski resorts, chic cities and island paradises, these are the places with star quality, where elegance and sophistication reign. Lonely...

  • 45 The glitz list: destinations with glamour
    From the Swiss mountains to the South Seas: exclusive beaches and ski resorts, chic cities and island paradises, these are the places with star quality, where elegance and sophistication reign. Lonely...

  • 46 Timeless views of France's most beautiful villages
    All across France, from Provence to Brittany, from Normandy to Aquitaine, there are villages, some well-known, some less so, where an atmosphere of peace reigns and the only thing to do is to take your...

  • 47 Le Bellechasse: "a journey within a journey"
    Vivid colours, giant butterflies, silks, satins and velvets... the decor of this boutique hotel is the product of the ingenuity, talent and expertise of one of the most revered French designers: Christian...

  • 48 Loire Valley chateaux: hotels fit for a king
    The Loire Valley is a land of castles. From the point where the great river rises at Mont-Gerbier-de-Jonc until its waters disperse into the Atlantic, the beautiful scenery of the river bank is dotted...

  • 49 Napoleon slept here: the Atlantic coast of France
    The French Atlantic coast north of Bordeaux is full of surprises just waiting to be discovered. Our delightful coastal tour begins with Oleron, technically an island, but connected to the mainland by the...

  • 50 Karl Lagerfeld behind the camera
    Until the end of October, a selection of photographs by the designer Karl Lagerfeld are on display at La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in the French capital. The exhibition, whose opening was attended...

  • 51 Monet at the Grand Palais in Paris
    It's over 30 years since so many of Monet's masterpieces have been on display at one time, but for four months, until January 24, 2011, over 200 of the works of the French master can be see together in...

  • 52 Around France on the trail of Coco Chanel
    Saumur She was born in August 1883, in Saumur, in the Loire Valley, a city famous today for its chateau, riding school, mushrooms and sparkling wines. The noble castle and stone mansions of Saumur show...

  • 53 Sunsets over the Med: views to remember
    There may be no better spot on all the Mediterranean coast to watch the sun set than Cabo Sunion, a  vantage point which, from the dawn of history, has offered a view of the boats sailing towards...

  • 54 Raise a glass at the Bordeaux Wine Festival
    The rehabilitation of Bordeaux old town is worthy of a place in the history books. The architecture and artistic heritage of this small French city has always been admirable, but over the years it had...

  • 55 The Impressionists land in Normandy
    In the north east of France, there's a land that boasts traditional towns as charming as Honfleur, and as aristocratic as Deauville; a land dotted with unforgettable monuments such Mont-St-Michel, and...

  • 56 Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective at the Petit Palais, Paris
    Once gain, all eyes are on Yves Saint Laurent. Or, more accurately, on the "Extraordinary Voyages" exhibition, which the Petit Palais museum, just a few steps from the Champs Elysees in Paris,...

  • 57 Pucker up in Paris
    According to a doctor friend, a kiss - assuming it's the right sort of kiss - can double the heart rate, set up to thirty muscles moving, and even burn calories. According to our own research, if the setting...

  • 58 Tide ebb and flow at Mont Saint-Michel

  • 59 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...

  • 60 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...



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