Interactive wine map for the Loire Valley

Summer is upon us (in France at least!) and it’s the most wonderful time of year to visit the Loire Valley. Lush natural beauty, historic architectural gems and gourmet delicacies are in abundance, as well as one of the region’s biggest

Photo by zigazou76

10 Reasons not to move to France

The motivations to move to France get enough publicity. Let’s explore the reasons why the dream might turn sour. More often than not there is a combination of multiple factors rather than one big reason.

Romantic couple making selfie in front of Eiffel Tower while traveling in Paris, France. Happy smiling students enjoy  vacation in Europe.

Eiffel Tower named top ‘selfie’ destination

France’s most iconic landmark has collected many accolades since its construction in 1889: it was the world’s tallest building until it was surpassed by New York’s Chrysler Building in 1930, and is the most-visited paid monument in the world. Now in its 126th

Golf national

The 2018 Ryder Cup in France

As the euphoria of Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup win fades and with Northern Irishman Darren Clarke having been named as the captain for the 2016 event at Hazeltine, Minnesota it’s a good time to remind all Francophile golf lovers that the

Arc de Triomphe

France’s national monuments

Governed by the Ministry of Culture, the Centre des monuments nationaux conserves and manages 100 national monuments in France, which welcome 9.2 million visitors per year. Watch the video below for an overview of France’s main monuments, from Paris’s Arc

Photo by Sergey Peterman

Driving in France: hands-free kit ban effective June 30

If you are going to be driving in France, take note of the new ban on hands-free kits in vehicles that will take effect on June 30, 2015. The ban includes any mobile device hands-free kit that requires a wired or wireless ear bud, headset, or headphone.

Graham Jones and Oleh Butchatsky THUMB authors Paris Tragics

Two Aussie blokes in Paris

Two Australian mates who would regularly get together to watch the football and became the unlikely authors of the travel memoir ‘Paris Tragics’ talk about their shared passion for France.

Cité du Design, Saint-Etienne

Saint-Étienne celebrates design at International Biennial

  Until 12 April, Saint-Étienne (Rhône-Alpes) is hosting its four week-long International Biennial of Design. Now in its ninth edition, this year’s event is under the direction of new curator Benjamin Loyauté – a designer who is currently showing an exhibition of