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Christmas Markets in France

Traditionally, housewives in France would spend the weeks leading up to Christmas preparing a festive feast and Christmas markets developed to supply them with the ingredients and products they needed.



Les Saisies

10 Reasons to Visit Les Saisies

1: Exceptional snow Les Saisies’ close proximity to Mont Blanc not only provides superb views but also above average snow coverage. Over the years, it’s enjoyed higher accumulated snowfall than all of the surrounding mountain ranges, hence the nickname of ‘Grenier



Top five reasons to visit Avignon

Three hours south of Paris, Avignon holds great treasures that are part of an incredible Christian heritage. Famous worldwide for the children’s song Sur le pont d’Avignon, written about its bridge, the city is also home to many lesser-known marvels.



Nantes, France’s quirky capital

Situated between the Loire Valley and Brittany, Nantes is a city where the impossible can become possible. Where else could you come across a giant elephant walking through the streets? It’s also a must-visit place for learning about Brittany’s court



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



Ardennes: Vive la différence!

During an exploration of the French Ardennes region that borders Belgium, Dominic Bliss discovers the myths and stereotypes that have shaped the two countries’ relationship.



Top five things to do in Brive

With its rich culinary culture, picturesque gardens and robust castle, Brive boasts everything a characterful city should. We outline our top five things to see and do in Brive.



Great hotels of France: Bristol fashion

It’s among the elite of the French capital’s hotels. But what makes a legendary hotel like Le Bristol tick? Justin Postlethwaite meets some of the team who have added their own personal histories to the hotel’s.



48 hours in Amiens

One hour from Paris by train, the city of Amiens in Picardy has plenty going for it. Discover the tallest cathedral in France and the home of writer Jules Verne – now open to the public, plus floating gardens and delicious local delicacies.



Colours of Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence

Few places in France are as synonymous with an artist who lived and painted there as Aix-en-Provence. Guy Hibbert explores the stunning southern city through the eyes of Impressionist Paul Cézanne.



New for 2015: five great French museums

Here’s our pick of five hot museums to head to in 2015: Monnaie de Paris The old Paris mint building is now a museum featuring major exhibitions plus a Guy Savoy-helmed restaurant. • www.monnaiedeparis.fr The Giants of the Renaissance This



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France’s best museums and cultural hotspots

You’re never far from an opportunity to enrich your cultural cachet in France – the country proudly preserves and shares its heritage. Here are a few ideas to inspire your choice of cultural destinations, whether you’re looking for an in-depth



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Francis I exhibition at Château de Blois

This year, France is celebrating the 500th anniversary of both the accession of King Francis I and the the Battle of Marignano. Several events, such as major exhibitions, will be taking place, one of the most notable at Château Royal



Villa Cavrois

Visit the Villa Cavrois

The story of the former family home of textile industrialist Paul Cavrois, which is due to re-open on June 13, is long and intriguing, and its restoration has been a labour of love which involved considerable investment. Located in the