Category: France

St Malo: rock around the rocks

St Malo: rock around the rocks

St Malo is France in an oyster-shell. A Francophile’s dream – art galleries, beaches, café society, casino, crepes, haute couture, macaroons, patisserie, shellfish and wine.  Stylish Bretons treat it as a Parisian cat-walk in front of a dramatic Gothic backdrop. French gastronomy with an invigorating sea breeze.  St Malo is the very essence of France. […]

18 of the best countries to visit in 2018

18 of the best countries to visit in 2018

Travel and tourism is one industry that has continued to thrive in recent years, consistently out-performing the global economy, and 2018 looks to be no exception. We spoke to a number of experts in the industry to find out their opinions on the countries to visit in the year ahead. And so here are 18 […]

9 reasons why it's great in Grenoble

9 reasons why it’s great in Grenoble

This year, Forbes declared Grenoble one of Europe’s top 5 inventive cities, and with a growing amount of student engineers, it’s been giving Silicon Valley a run for its money. In 2016 it was voted the best city in France to be a student, as well as having the highest level of accessibility for wheelchair […]

Meribel in the snow

Top 5 authentic Alpine ski resorts

You’ve waited all year, the snow has started to fall, the resorts are opening, one by one, it won’t be long before you arrive at your chosen destination. If you’re an old hand and you’ve been going to the Alps for several seasons you’ll already have your preferred choices, however if you’re new to the […]

5 of the best luxury ski resorts for families

5 of the best luxury ski resorts for families

Skiing is a treasured family past time for many. Old or young, family members of all ages and abilities can enjoy the fun and beauty of snow-capped mountains across the globe. Whether your favorite part of the vacation is hitting the slopes, taking in the breathtaking views, or sipping hot chocolate in the lodge, these […]

15 reasons to visit Provence in 2018!

15 reasons to visit Provence in 2018!

With Christmas over it’s natural that thoughts will soon start to drift to all the exciting prospects in store for 2018, and with it thoughts of a well-deserved holiday in the sun (which no doubt feature all the more strongly when it’s cold and wet outside!). So, to get you in the mood for 2018, […]

Video of the week: Who needs snow to ski?

Video of the week: Who needs snow to ski?

OK, so this one’s an ad for Audio Quattro. But it’s quite a fun one. Candide Thovex is a French professional skier, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is notable for his creative movies to the sport of freestyle and this one – filmed in Megève, France – is no exception.

10 reasons why Occitanie may be the new Provence

10 reasons why Occitanie may be the new Provence

Looking out from Toulouse the map looks invitingly blank. For Occitanie is the “other South of France”, intensely French, a sun-warmed countryside where livestock outnumber people. Occitanie? It’s the administrative replacement for Languedoc-Rousillion and Midi-Pyrenees bureaucratically butchered at midnight on 31st January 2015. As Provence’s country sister, Occitanie does decadence in its own bucolic way – enjoying […]

Christmas in Provence

Christmas in Provence

It’s almost that time of year… Christmas is on the horizon and I for one can’t wait! It’s a wonderful time to visit Provence with plenty of things to see and do. An almost palpable sense of excitement can be felt as people take time out to visit the numerous Christmas markets and partake in […]

Skiing on the glacier high above Tignes

Top 5 resorts for glacier skiing

Over the last few ski seasons, in the Alps, the snow down at lower altitudes has started showing up later than expected. Is this a natural cycle, or is climate change the culprit? That’s a debate for another day. Thankfully the snow always shows up but it’s squeeky bum time for anyone who booked the […]

Lunch at Restaurant Le Pressoir, Vannes, Brittany, France

Lunch at Restaurant Le Pressoir, Vannes, Brittany, France

One of the gastronomic highlights of our trip to Brittany was lunch at Vincent David’s Le Pressoir, just north of Vannes. This restaurant has received many accolades and much recognition, including one Michelin star and three Gault et Millau toques. It is located in an attractive building on Rue de l’Hôpital, among residential properties in […]

10 great reasons to visit Vannes, Brittany, France

10 great reasons to visit Vannes, Brittany, France

On our recent trip to in France, after moving on from Carnac, we also spent some time in Vannes, exploring the quaint Medieval streets and magnificent buildings of this historic walled town. Situated in Morbihan, on the southern coast of Brittany, Vannes offers interesting contrasts of old and new. Built on the foundations of a […]

A day trip on a traditional boat ("vieux grément") to Houat island

A day trip on a traditional boat (“vieux grément”) to Houat island

If you like the sound of an unforgettable day sailing to an island paradise, then this one is for you! Owner Jérôme Suillerot and boat captain Olivier will guide you across the Gulf of Morbihan aboard the 22-metre Krog E Barz, a traditional sailing ship with a white hull and distinctive green stripe – a […]

10 great reasons to visit Carnac, Brittany, France

10 great reasons to visit Carnac, Brittany, France

Having recently spent around 10 days in Carnac in southern Brittany, we thought it would be fitting to share 10 great reasons to visit this popular French seaside resort. Located in the heart of Quiberon Bay, and close to Brittany’s Gulf of Morbihan, Carnac enjoys a healthy influx of tourists, particularly in high season (July […]

5 inspiring non-skier activities in Châtel

5 inspiring non-skier activities in Châtel

Perhaps you have grandparents staying or friends who haven’t caught the skiing bug, or maybe you just fancy a break from thrashing around on the slopes. The charming resort of Châtel offers a host of alternative diversions. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants line the main streets providing welcome opportunities for relaxation and people watching. Tempting […]

Special feature: Carnac Thalasso Spa Resort and Hotel, Carnac, Brittany, France

Special feature: Carnac Thalasso Spa Resort and Hotel, Carnac, Brittany, France

We recently visited Carnac in Brittany – a resort famous for its Neolithic standing stones – so that our two boys could compete in a sailing competition. Carnac itself is divided into two distinct areas – Carnac-Ville (the historic, main town) and Carnac-Plage (the beach area). With the event being out of Carnac Yacht Club, […]

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