Category: France

The toughest slopes on the Alps

The toughest slopes on the Alps

Ever wondered wha the toughest slopes on the Alps are? This infographic created in association with SkiBoutique highlights ten different routes, showing the ability level required to take on each challenge, along with descriptions of the routes, altitude and maximum gradient… a really useful resource for anyone heading for the slopes this winter!

5 artist houses (and gardens) to visit around Paris

5 artist houses (and gardens) to visit around Paris

When you visit Paris, why not venture a little further outside the crowded downtown’s museums and explore authentic artists’ headquarters? Here’s a selection of five houses that witnessed the lives and art of famous painters, writers, architects and collectors. Intense creative stories still live behind these walls – discover the spirit of these talents and […]

Top 10 tips for first-timers visiting Paris

Top 10 tips for first-timers visiting Paris

I was going on a Viking River Cruise to Southern France with my best friend, Joan, who mentioned that she had never been to Paris. Mon dieu! I immediately set out to rectify this grave error, and rebooked our flights so we could at least spend the weekend in Paris before heading down to Avignon […]

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

Skiers visiting the Alps by and large usually prefer the independence and freedom that a luxury ski chalet provides, however one mans meat is another mans poison, some prefer the hotel experience. For those that do prefer to stay in a hotel there are a wide range of options, from the cosy and intimate small […]

24 hours in Courchevel

24 hours in Courchevel

As a child I spent every weekend at our family apartment in Courchevel 1850, and now I spend most of my adult life selling the resort. It is my favoured French ski resort, it is quaint and has a magical air to it. Yes, it is glitzy and ‘expensive’ but, for a week’s ski holiday, […]

Top 5 fall cycling rides

Top 5 fall cycling rides

The fall season welcomed me with a myriad of opportunities to travel, and with that came an expansive list of cycling destinations. This year’s expeditions were some of my favorite to date, yielding countless memories and great opportunities. I never turn down an opportunity to get some good riding in, especially when the weather calls […]

3 ideas to guarantee some adventure on your annual ski holiday

3 ideas to guarantee some adventure on your annual ski holiday

We all love skiing but the Alps in winter have so much more to offer. Skiing is just the gateway to a paradise of great winter adventures. Adding a couple of extra winter activities to your ski holiday will turn an ordinary ski trip into an extraordinary adventure. Read on for three ideas to guarantee […]

27 of Europe's best Christmas markets

27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Mulled wine, magical Christmas scenery, romantic European destinations, roasted chestnuts, local delicacies and the opportunity to shop til you drop. What more could you want? Festive singing, a bit of ice-skating, unusual local arts and crafts and plenty of Christmas cheer – that’s what it’s all about in some of the finest Christmas markets Europe […]

The top 5 fountains you should get to know in Paris

The top 5 fountains you should get to know in Paris

Paris is not only a “green city” (see our previous article on the top 5 gardens to discover), it is also a “water city”. Think about the Seine, the Canal Saint Martin or the bassin de la Villette, yet, the fountains in the capital also play an important role in the landscape and participate to […]

5 reasons to visit St Gervais

5 reasons to visit St Gervais

Let me introduce you to one of my favourite ski resorts for 2014/15. Over the past couple of years we have seen luxury chalets flood the French market in resorts outside of the mainstream ‘red carpet’ resorts of Val d’Isere, Courchevel, Megeve and Meribel. The smaller resorts which are often dominated are beginning to make a […]

3 guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when visiting the French Alps this Winter

3 guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when visiting the French Alps this Winter

Skiing in the Alps year after year can get, well, a bit ‘samey’: same hotels; same restaurants; same slopes. Sometimes you need to shake things up a bit—remind yourself why you fell in love with the mountains in the first place. Below are three guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when […]

Top 5 ski chalet swimming pools

Top 5 ski chalet swimming pools

It’s pretty counter intuitive to be packing your thong along with a pair of budgie smugglers for his lordship when you’re off to the Alps, after all you’re going skiing, it’s not a beach holiday but a growing number of luxury ski chalets are including a pool, indoor or outdoor, sometimes both, as this particular […]

Top 5 gardens to discover in Paris

Top 5 gardens to discover in Paris

One of the reasons why I am still so attached to our dear capital, like a limpet to its rock, is the abundance of gardens. Simply climbing up a little is enough to see that Paris is a green and leafy city. These green areas are places to rest, to wander and also to recharge […]

5 luxurious travel experiences to enjoy with kids (keeping adults happy too)

5 luxurious travel experiences to enjoy with kids (keeping adults happy too)

When it comes to luxury travel with children there are two schools of thought. One camp might suggest leaving them at home while the grown-ups enjoy; another believes firmly that the travel seed planted early will cultivate offspring with curious, contributing outlooks. I have a foot either side – some experiences are best left to […]

Re-live your Summer villa holiday with these enticing cookbooks

Re-live your Summer villa holiday with these enticing cookbooks

One way to continue the memories of summer is to indulge in one of these relatively new cookbooks, all of which, with tempting recipes and lavish photographs, evoke the atmosphere of warm and relaxing Mediterranean days. The Amalfi Coast: A Collection of Italian Recipes by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi Just thinking of the Amalfi Coast conjures up images of […]

Tignes – the new wave of luxury

Tignes – the new wave of luxury

Tignes was once the underdog, too far out of town to be considered luxurious. Now it is leaping ahead with its new wave of excitement. Perfect for the cool kids in town wanting the new experience to deliver home to colleagues or for families, wanting luxurious surroundings, great service and the peace and quiet of […]

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