Holidays in France

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Giverny. Lillypads. Willows

Giverny. The 11th attempt is a charm…

My last contribution had me whinging and whining and wallowing in self-pity over my failed attempts to visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny. Ten failed attempts to be exact. We recently returned from France. Three weeks spent between

Paris cruises of the Seine and Canal Saint Martin

For a romantic cruise, Paris is impossible to resist. Paris Canal has 30 years of experience in river and canal cruising in the French capital. Its most famous cruises combine a Seine-side monuments tour with the magical atmosphere of the

Midnight in Paris: the Musée des Arts Forains

Woody Allen has a knack for finding the perfect film set. Case in point: the enchanted garden oasis of Les Pavillons de Bercy, which morphed into a garden party scene circa 1920s in his blockbuster hit, Midnight in Paris. Not far

jambon cru french ham

Chestnuts and charcuterie: Corsican food

Slap bang in between Italy and France, this Mediterranean island was the birthplace of the Emperor Napoléon and its cuisine consists of a glorious collision of the two cultures. Florence Derrick digs in…

Bayeux cathedral sound and light show

Bayeux cathedral hosts sound and light show

Each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening from the 14 July to 29 August 2015, Bayeux cathedral is hosting the ‘Rendez-vous à la Cathédrale': a sound and light show called ‘Les Lumières de la Liberté’. Colourful lights will illuminate the ‘liberty tree’

Old Lyon from across the Saône river

Silk and sopranos: a cultural trip to Lyon

The second largest city in France and its gastronomic capital, Lyon is also famed for its weaving heritage and its opera house. Florence Derrick examines its cultural exports and how they relate to contemporary Lyonnais life