France

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in France, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

The Roman glory of Nîmes

11/03/2020 by .

The Occitanie region in the South of France is full of archaeological wonders and holds the secret of denim. Beverley Watts visits the area around Nîmes and is transported back through time

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Insider Guide to Meribel 

24/02/2020 by .

I am about to tackle the world’s largest annual sporting event in which two hundred cyclists race over 2,000 miles in just 23 days in a daunting test of super-tough mountain climbing strength and thrilling fast stages on the flat.

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Love Is In Isère A Mountainous Triangle Amoureux

11/02/2020 by .

I have, in the past, been in love with more than one woman at the same time. It led to tears and heartache, but, looking back with the wisdom of hindsight, I wouldn’t have done anything differently.

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A family campervan roundtrip from England to Croatia

27/01/2020 by .

TripReporter’s regular testing family, Carole and Jason and their young boys Evan and Andy went on an exciting road trip with their VW campervan through ten countries, 2,920 miles and nine campsites.

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Insider Guide to Brittany’s Pink Granite Coast

10/07/2019 by .

Brittany’s northern coast offers up some quite astonishing natural drama. But journey past Dinard and the enchanting half-timbered houses and ramparts of Dinan, and another astonishing natural wonder awaits; the marvel that is the Pink Granite Coast.

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Christmas Markets and more in Northern France

07/12/2018 by .

Most people hurtle through Pas de Calais on their way South but it’s an easy hop across the channel, particularly if you use Eurostar.

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Moulin Rouge, Paris

29/10/2018 by .

Its very name is such a cliché, you’d be tempted to think the word itself is a bastardisation of Clichy, the boulevard synonymous with the legendary Moulin Rouge,  But cliché or not, this sumptuous cabaret approaching its 130th birthday continues to be the greatest show in town.  

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Atelier Des Lumieres. Paris 

18/10/2018 by .

Can viewing art digitally ever be as good as poring over the brush-strokes of the real thing?  The thrilling close-ups of Chagall’s Paris Opera ceiling recently projected onto a screen at the city’s Philharmonie convinced this art lover it really could, and now the Atelier des Lumieres, the city’s latest and greatest attraction, proves that looking at highly-detailed images through a magnifying lens and state of the art projectors is the way to go.

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Touring Brittany by Motorhome

23/07/2018 by .

Andy Mossack swaps his usual luxury hotel for a new Bailey Advance 74-2 motorhome as he tours southern Brittany.

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Montpellier. Modern metropolis with a mediaeval heart 

13/02/2018 by .

That you can get a great glass of organic wine in Montpellier for three euros tells you something about the allure of this under-visited city.   That a mile or two and a millennium separate the historic centre and the futuristic new city rising on the riverbank tells you something else – it’s forever moving forward. 

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