Paris Escapes

A Bordeaux bucket list

A decade on from its UNESCO World Heritage listing, Bordeaux keeps on pulling in the plaudits, with Lonely Planet naming it the No.1 place to visit in 2017. What’s more, it will soon be possible to get there on the new high-speed line from Paris… Read more

Saint-Tropez – The Charm Remains

Since a cavorting Brigitte Bardot put Saint-Tropez on the map and irrevocably changed the fortune of this sleepy seaside village in the south of France, ‘St Trop’ has become synonomous with the lifestyle of the rich and famous. But beneath the glitz and glamour of… Read more


  Image: Daniel Schoenen The far east of France, Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace-Lorraine, a region that has changed hands between the Germans and the French over history, which gives the city a bi-national flavour in its quaint wooden architecture, language, food and culture… Read more

Villefranche and the south coast of France

  The Cote d’Azur offers much more than the blockbuster cities of Nice and Cannes – nestled amongst the rocky crests and twisting curves of the southern coast of France lie some spectacular natural scenery, quaint villages and some excellent cultural destinations. Basing yourself in… Read more


Lyon is an absolute must-see destination for everyone who admits that their favourite part of a holiday is the edible part. Renowned as the heartland of French gastronomy the leafy, hilly city straddles the Saône and the Rhône (of Rhône wines fame) rivers. Lyon vies… Read more


Images: Susie Hollands Head off the well-trodden Provence tourist trail to medieval town Uzès in neighbouring region Gard. This a sun-drenched patch of fertile Languedoc land features the distinctive stark Mediterranean landscapes and is known for its wine, produce, textiles and ceramics. Each May the… Read more

Saint Malo

Text: Susie Hollands Images: Cristian Bortes Swashbuckling Saint Malo is a cute place to go for a quick seaside break! Inside the walled medieval citadel (intra muros) is the place to stay for maximum pirate ambience (Corsaire is the city’s name in French as it… Read more


Text: Susie Hollands Images: Moritz P and Alex Janssen Everything in Aix is close and walkable which, along with the warm and laid-back Southern vibe, makes it a very relaxing destination. Search for the Dolphin fountain (the city is nicknamed for its thousand fountains) and… Read more

Languedoc Roussillon – Pézenas, Narbonne and Nîmes

Words: Susie Hollands Images: Tony Tidswell, Susie Hollands PÉZENAS Pézenas is a fascinating medieval town – from the 16th and 17th centuries it was the capital city of the Languedoc region, between Montpellier and Beziers.  Once a Roman city, the remarkably well-preserved streets in the… Read more

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