Category: France

Top 5 destinations for villas with a view

Top 5 destinations for villas with a view

Though there’s no guarantee of the perfect holiday, choosing somewhere to stay with a stunning outlook is a good way to start. Fortunately you’ll no longer have to spend hours trawling the Internet for just the right place, since the launch of Beach Tomato’s new offering of online bookable villas & holiday home rentals, all […]

Top 10 luxury city breaks in Europe

Top 10 luxury city breaks in Europe

Considering a European city getaway?  Here we give you a round up on 10 of the best places to while away a weekend – or longer – in a number of Europe’s top cities. Whether it’s last year’s Olympic host city of London, the traditional romance of Paris or the vibrancy of Barcelona, you’re sure […]

Top 10 luxury country breaks in Europe

Top 10 luxury country breaks in Europe

If you’re looking to escape the city this Summer, in favour of somewhere more rural, then how about a country getaway in Europe?  Here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best plays to stay across the continent where you can truly get away from it all and forget the pressures and stresses of urban life. […]

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

So where would you think are the top places to be in Europe this year? Paris for the end of the 100th Tour de France perhaps? Russia for the World Athletics Championships? Croatia, the latest addition to the European Union? According to an article just published by Lonely Planet, the top 10 European travel destinations […]

3 days in Paris and 15 things to do

3 days in Paris and 15 things to do

I love Paris!  It is about an hour’s flight from either Southampton or Heathrow and the change in climate is staggering – much more continental.  I think Paris is best done in short bursts; there is so much to see but I strongly believe it is best to see it in foot, and there is […]

Top 5 Autumn harvests

Top 5 Autumn harvests

The softening of the sun and changing of the leaves marks the beginning of the perfect season to get away and experience local traditions. With many cities throughout Europe taking the time to celebrate their harvest, travelers are given a unique opportunity to interact with locals from the entire region. Our list of the top […]

8 unusual experiences to help you rediscover France this Summer

8 unusual experiences to help you rediscover France this Summer

From exploring the Plantagenet City to enjoying a romantic candle-lit concert in a chateau, why not try something new in the land of classic gems? Here are 8 unusual experiences – with something to suite every taste – to help you rediscover France this Summer. If you know of something else that’s not to be […]

10 great reasons to visit Chamonix this Summer

10 great reasons to visit Chamonix this Summer

Stretching from Servoz to the Swiss border town of Barberine, the quaint Chamonix Valley is home to lovely mountain villages and high altitude summer fun. The stately slopes provide both a luxurious mountain oasis, as well as excellent opportunities for mountain biking, trail running and rock climbing. As a result, the area is widely recognised as […]

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

Luxury hotel rooms by the hour, but not as you might imagine

A growing trend in the travel industry in recent years has been the offering of hotel rooms by the hour.  Whilst traditionally this might give rise to raised eyebrows, all might not be quite as it seems so don’t be too quick to judge.  Dayuse Hotels has negotiated special rates at luxury hotels around the world, […]

The French Riviera's top 5 Summer music festivals

The French Riviera’s top 5 Summer music festivals

It’s not all pleasure for the famous names in music who descend to the Côte d’Azur each Summer, perfect tabloid fodder when captured frolicking on board superyachts or beachside in St Tropez. In fact, there’s rarely a free weekend in the event calendar and a variety of music festivals allow visiting artists the opportunity to balance out all […]

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

Top 5 things to do in St Tropez

St Tropez has changed dramatically from the Provencal fishing village it once was; back in the 1920s it attracted the likes of Coco Chanel and it continues to attract the jet set during the summer months. Whilst they may anchor off shore in their super yachts the attractions ashore are similar for the famous and […]

The South of France on more of a shoestring than the Ecclestones!

The South of France on more of a shoestring than the Ecclestones!

Finally made it there last August! We took advantage of the BA short haul £35 BA Club Europe offer and kicked off with another nice afternoon in the galleries lounge.  Better still our outbound was on one of the lovely BA Dove planes and the return leg was on the Firefly that carried the Olympic […]

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, originally from Italy, moved to London in 2000, after working in Belgium and Germany. After 13 years as Direct Marketing Manager for international publishing and news companies, most recently for Bloomberg LP, Paola decided to launch Passepartout Homes in 2011. This is her first experience as an entrepreneur. Paola graduated from the Catholic University […]

Top 10 cycle rides in Europe

Top 10 cycle rides in Europe

I thought I’d take a few minutes to share some of my favorite rides that I’ve experienced recently. And although I may be revealing some secrets by rating these as my top 10, nothing quite compares to actually riding these routes and experiencing them yourself. So while I may be divulging the ‘where’ and some […]

A gourmet guide to Rome

A gourmet guide to Rome

There are endless reasons to visit Rome, but often food is not one of them, unlike, say, Bologna or, increasingly, Puglia. It is one of my favourite cities, and where I grew up, but I am the first to admit that the constant influx of tourists means that it is only too easy to eat […]

Cycling in Savoie Mont Blanc: 1 jour, 1 col

Cycling in Savoie Mont Blanc: 1 jour, 1 col

There are 68 passes and remarkable climbs in Savoie Mont Blanc and, between 16th June and 24th August 2013, 14 of them will be dedicated to cycling and will be closed to cars in the morning, so cycling enthusiasts can practice their sport safely. Now in its third year, “1 jour, 1 col” attracts more […]

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