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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.

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.

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.

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Dordogne short break: Marqueyssac Gardens

On a sandstone plateau in Vézac, overlooking the picturesque castles, villages and forests of the Dordogne Valley, sits one of the region’s most lovingly tended, impeccably preserved gardens: Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac… Four limestone castles resplendently punctuate the rolling