Nimes’ Great Roman Games 2016 edition is this weekend

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Give 2 big thumbs up for Nimes’‘Great Roman Games’ invite young and old alike to experience the Roman era during a spring weekend in Nimes Check out the historic reconstruction and the unique show with 500 participants from around Europe, workshops for children and image projections.  

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A weekend in Lille

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It’s around this time of year that readers with trips planned to Paris start wondering where they can spend a day or two outside of the city without traveling too far. The most common destinations range from Versailles and Chantilly to Reims or Honfleur but most overlook a major city to the north with quaint pedestrian streets, beer halls and a storied history worth learning about. I’m speaking about Lille, Belgium’s next-door-neighbor with unmistakable Flemish roots. Today, the city is […]

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The 5 best French vineyard hotels

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The newest addition to France’s vineyard hotels is the Château Pierre de Serjac a sensitively restored wine-producing estate set in the vine-draped landscape of the Hérault, in the Languedoc. Opened in March, its focal point is a romantic 19th-century chateau that was owned for generations by the aristocratic de Crozals family. There are eight guestrooms in the main building, with a further 36 self-catering properties among the estate’s outbuildings, ranging from two-bedroomed apartments to four-bedroomed villas – some with their […]

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French Polynesia is paradise

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French Polynesia, or Tahiti as it is also called, is about 17 degrees south of the Equator, half way between California and Australia, in the same time zone as Hawaii and on the same side of the International Dateline as North America. It is comprised of many small islands and atolls stretching over thousands of miles and belongs to France. Bora Bora caters to the rich and famous while Huahine, might be recognized by Captain Cook if he came back […]

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Pipe dreams: on the trail of Maigret’s Paris

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Simenon published his 75 Maigret novels and 28 Maigret short stories between 1931 and 1972; last month ITV broadcast the first of two made-for-TV Maigret movies starring Rowan Atkinson as the chief inspector. And so The Guardian set off to do a little detective work, to discover whether Maigret’s Paris, full of squalid, storied hotels with communal bathrooms, apartment buildings with nosy concierges and, most importantly, characterful regional bistros and hyper-provincial bars, could still be found. Tom Downey made a […]

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Provence: where to stay, eat and drink

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The scented slopes of southeastern France hold a special allure in spring, when the boundless blue skies, wildflower meadows and picturesque villages form the perfect antidote to the long London winter. There are few more idyllic destinations than the chic hilltop retreat of Crillon-le-Brave — and with three weekly Eurostars direct from St Pancras International to nearby Avignon and Marseille, it’s never been so easy to get a taste of la vie en rose. Or rather, la vie en rosé […]

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Did you know? Saint-Véran in the French Alps is the highest commune in Europe

Saint-Veran in the French Alps is the highest commune in all of Europe

Located in the beautiful French Alps, Saint-Véran is the highest commune in all of Europe. It is perched on a flat grassy outcropping above a river valley. The Aigue Blanche river descends from the Queyras mountains on the southeast side and curves around the outskirts of the village property to create a magnificent valley view and feel. Tourists enjoy the village for it’s quaint and authentic vibe, often coming for both hiking and quiet relaxation. The village was at one […]

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Fairytale French Chateaux

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Paris offers all the attractions of a modern metropolis, but it can also be an enchanting experience for a traveler weary of the city’s hustle and bustle to explore the majestic French countryside. A drive or railway trip through the country will allow you to experience all that France has to offer, and historic castles are some of the most popular attractions outside the capital. With dozens of these medieval structures still standing, a vacation in France can also be […]

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Exploring France’s Beaches

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With beach season fast approaching, France’s many coastal getaways are becoming more and more appealing to travelers looking for uniquely beautiful shorelines. Visitors to the region love the sparkling waters and beautiful Mediterranean sunsets along the Côte d’Azur and beyond. Honeymooners, families, and anyone looking for a place to escape to will all find the perfect destination among France’s many beaches. Here are a few of the most beloved beaches in the south of France. Palombaggia Beach Located in lovely […]

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Bastille Day: a primer

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This month, on the 14th of July, the French will celebrate their Fete Nationale, know all over the world as Bastille Day

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