Category: France

Testicle-eating fish in European waters: a warning to keep your trunks on!

Testicle-eating fish in European waters: a warning to keep your trunks on!

Now there’s a blog post title you don’t read every day. Without wishing to alarm people, you (or at least approximately half the population) might like to be aware that a small, piranha-like fish called the pacu – but also referred to as the ‘ball-cutter’ owing to its reputation for biting off men’s testicles – […]

Photograph of the week: L'Ile Rousse beach, Corsica

Photograph of the week: L’Ile Rousse beach, Corsica

This is the beach at L’Ile Rousse in la Balagne region of Corsica. With a gently sloping seabed, crystal clear water and the beach itself of soft white sand, it is one of the photographer’s favourite places in Corsica. It stretches from the town where you will find numerous great restaurants, cafés and hotels as well as some lovely holiday villas […]

The best ski resorts in France

The best ski resorts in France

There will never be total agreement on “the” best ski resort in France. Each 
is different, yet all offer enormous skiing opportunities, geographical appeal and an atmosphere that is conducive to an excellent holiday. Some of the resorts are purpose-built, while others retain their 
French Alpine charm. Some are seriously renowned for their après scene, […]

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

After months of Summer loving, the brisk shivers of Autumn and Winter greet us harshly. The warm sun slips away and the once lively leaves fall to the ground. But whip out your gloves and puffer jackets because the fun has yet to cease. Here are 5 fantastic festivals from around the world that make […]

Top 5 coastal bike rides in Europe

Top 5 coastal bike rides in Europe

There is something special about biking along the coast. Maybe it is the refreshing salty breeze keeping you cool, the sunlight sparkling like diamonds on the vast blue sea, or the possibility of a refreshing dip when the ride is done. Europe has the most gorgeous biking locations in world, and this includes some fantastic […]

Ooh la la! The 7 best streets to shop in Paris

Ooh la la! The 7 best streets to shop in Paris

As the pulsing fashion capital of Europe, if not the world, a Parisian shopping experience will offer everything from luxury haute couture houses to sprawling chainstores. If you’re searching for authentic French labels, or eccentric designer stores, you can take your pick of those too. Below is the definitive list of where to part with those […]

Interview with Bridget King, Owner of Lilylola

Interview with Bridget King, Owner of Lilylola

Married with three grown children, four cats and a dog, Bridget King is owner of Lilylola and has always had an insatiable passion for fabric, textures and fashion, combined with a deep appreciation of the human form and sculpture. Her career started in advertising and progressed predictably into fashion and retail. She is highly motivated […]

6 spectacular skiing destinations in France

6 spectacular skiing destinations in France

For its suitability for skiers of all levels, range of resorts, variety and scale of terrain, quality of nightlife and scope of back-country and off-piste skiing, there are very few countries that are able to match France for the quality of skiing on offer. From protected nursery areas and sheltered beginner slopes to steep off-piste […]

Romance in Provence - spectacularly seductive Èze

Romance in Provence – spectacularly seductive Èze

Èze is one of the most spectacularly romantic spots in Provence; a French region that oozes romance. Perched atop a cliff, the village of Èze has been likened to an eagle’s nest because of its dramatic location 1401 feet above sea level. Its hilltop views over the sea are famous worldwide. The village has seduced celebrities, […]

10 of the most expensive villas and chalets for rent

10 of the most expensive villas and chalets for rent

Luxury homes vary all throughout the world. These seemingly one-of-a-kind beauties have steadily increased people´s desire for the finer things in life. From exclusive designs to the latest and greatest high-tech gadgets, these homes seem to have it all and more. So are you one of the many adventurers looking for something more different and […]

9 cultural revelries not to miss in France this September

9 cultural revelries not to miss in France this September

If you happen to be in France this September, then get yourself ready for a host of cultural revelries. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in French culture or history, or simply want to visit an exhibition or attend a local festival, there is something here for everyone. Here are nine events you won’t want to […]

Top 5 luxury chalets with unique swimming pools

Top 5 luxury chalets with unique swimming pools

All the top luxury chalets now come complete with the type of facilities you expect from the best hotels and a pool is a great addition when looking to book a private chalet for your ski holiday. Perfect for relaxing after a hard days skiing and also for entertaining the children they are a valuable […]

Top 4 bike tour destinations for beginner cyclists

Top 4 bike tour destinations for beginner cyclists

Allow me to debunk a common myth: you do not have to be an avid cyclist to have an amazing and unforgettable time on a cycling vacation. To travel by bike is to take in your surroundings at your own pace, stop to taste the grapes right off the a vine in Tuscany, or navigate […]

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. […]