Beautiful Brittany: Brignogan-Beaches, Lighthouse Pontusval on the point of Beg-Pol

Ten reasons you’re right to avoid Brittany

Did you think twice about coming to Brittany this summer? Quite right. There are many, many reasons to stay away from this part of the world, as local resident and Community Contributor Annaliza Davis explains. 1. The terrible weather We

Lyon bouchon entrees

French food picks: 10 great Lyonnais entrées

When you are planning to visit Lyon, the French ‘Capital of Gastronomy’, it’s vital to not miss out on the best culinary experiences on offer in the city’s legendary bouchons and restaurants. A typical French dinner is a proper feast, long and filling and full of

Cultural immersion on the Côte d’Azur

L’Institut de Français is proud of its French heritage and culture, arranging a number of optional excursions to enhance the language-learning experience outside of the classroom setting. It is a win-win situation, set in the jewel that is Villefranche-sur-Mer quieter

French Comfort Food in Lyon

  It was a Saturday in July and my son and I had just arrived in Lyon, the city described as the ‘world capital of gastronomy’. Our quest was the restaurant ‘Chez Mounier’, a bouchon at 3 Rue des Marronniers,

Paris garden: l’Hôtel de Sens

It was a particularly cold day when I visited Jardin de l’Hôtel de Sens, 7, rue des Nonnains-d’Hyères. November days in Paris tend to be dreary and it is difficult to wake up in the morning when it is warm

Woodpile Daniel Kearney

Snakes in France: something in the woodpile

I knew there were snakes in France and, in particular, vipers, but fortunately I had never  seen anything up close and personal until the snake slipped as smoothly as its skin into our woodpile. A shiver shot down my spine.

Susan Hays Our French Oasis

Seasonal change: springtime in France

A strange thing happens in France when the fire-wood runs low. Deserted villages and small quiet rural towns breathe a sigh of relief and disgorge winterized humans into the pale spring sunshine. This seasonal migration from a central, warm winter

Facilities on French campsites

France has the largest number of campsites of any country in Europe and the largest variety in terms of size and facilities. There is therefore something to suit everybody. They range from small “campings à la ferme” with half a

Andrew Erskine

The joy of camping in France

There is no doubt that travel broadens the mind. Meeting people from other countries and coming into contact with other cultures is always an enriching experience. Camping and caravanning in France definitely broadens your horizons. On many of France’s enormous variety

SCHULTE-KELLINGHAUS Martin /Crtb

Standing stones of Brittany… in my garden

Carnac is one of the world’s greatest prehistoric sites with over 3,000 menhirs ( from the Breton men “stone” + hir “long”) – a tall upright stone erected in prehistoric times in western Europe which are the most common megaliths

BNIA (Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac)

The beginner’s guide to Armagnac

Southwest France is a treasure chest of history to be discovered and one of its oldest riches is the noble brandy Armagnac. Armagnac is France’s most time-honoured spirit that was first recognised in 1310 when Prior Vital Dufour vaunted the

Class Réunion: France in the tropics

Where can you shop in Leclerc or Decathlon, say “au revoir” to the local boulanger as you walk out with a baguette under your arm and be on a tropical island 6,000 miles from mainland Europe? Where can you spend