Regions of France

La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on May 22, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

In the stunning countryside of the Seven Valleys, at the foot of the medieval hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in Pas de Calais, northern France, lies a rather large secret. A long, tree lined drive surrounded by fields and forests, makes for an impressive entrance to a grand arched doorway. Step through and you’ll enter a […]

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Wide open spaces to visit in The Loir

Written by on May 21, 2020 in Pays de la Loire
Wide open spaces to visit in The Loir

The Loir Valley is situated between Le Mans, Tours, Laval and Angers. The little Loir, a cousin of the larger Loire, into which the river flows, means ‘dormouse’. This conjures a very apt description of the area. Sleepy, rolling countryside, with charming villages and enchanting towns that seem to belong to a past era when […]

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Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Written by on May 20, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Right in the centre of the old town of Lille in northern France, the Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse is a gem of a museum. From its entrance in cobbled rue de la Monnaie, you have no idea what lies behind those grand wooden doors. Set into a long wall peppered with arched windows and doorways, […]

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Magical standing stones of Carnac, Brittany

Written by on May 18, 2020 in Brittany
Magical standing stones of Carnac, Brittany

With its rows of standing stones, Carnac, on the south coast of Brittany, has long fascinated man. Along the northern side of the town, around three thousand standing stones, called menhirs in French, stretch in alignments for several kilometres. The three main alignments are Le Ménec with 1,169 stones, Kermario comprising 1,029, and Kerlescan has […]

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What to see in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Department

Written by on May 15, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées
What to see in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Department

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot department in southern France, is a cliff hanger of a village – quite literally. Perched on a cliff top, the River Lot curls its way along the bottom of the limestone cliff. From the top, the canoeists and kayakers who paddle their way down look tiny. Here’s what to see in […]

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Top things to see and do in the Drôme

Written by on May 13, 2020 in Rhône Alpes
Top things to see and do in the Drôme

Situated to the south of Lyon on the eastern side of the Rhône river, the Drôme department is split into three main areas. The Provençal part is to the very south, the Valley – Diois, and to the north, the Plain of Valence. The Drôme is the number one department in France for organic production, […]

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Guide to the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur Paris

Written by on May 13, 2020 in French Icons, Paris
Guide to the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur Paris

You might think, when you visit Montmartre and gaze at the beautiful church of Sacré-Coeur, perched on a hill in the highest part of Paris, that is has been there for centuries. There is something timeless about the iconic luminous domes, pure white walls and elegant lines. But this is a relatively modern church. The […]

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7 Things to do in St-Malo, Brittany

Written by on May 7, 2020 in Brittany
7 Things to do in St-Malo, Brittany

Port town St-Malo is in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine in northern Brittany. Sitting on the Emerald Coast it has an ancient citadel, medieval city and cobbled streets lined with bars, bistros and boutiques. There are beaches, stunning views, marinas and museums. This is a town with serious oodles of charm. Follow in the footsteps of […]

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Dijon in photos

Written by on May 5, 2020 in Burgundy
Dijon in photos

The city of Dijon, capital of Burgundy is a fabulous visit for lovers of great food, architecture, wine, history, markets – everything in fact that makes for the best French city breaks. With its cobbled streets, grand squares, one of the best markets in all of France, loads of free museums and amazing restaurants and […]

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What to see in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Written by on April 30, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
What to see in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

If you love charming villages with oodles of historic monuments and art galleries, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is definitely somewhere you should put on your must-see list. Located in the Alpes-Maritime department on the French Riviera, this medieval village is one of the prettiest hilltop towns of Provence. Cobbled streets, centuries old buildings, small squares, vaulted passageways, arcades […]

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