Is Beaujolais Nouveau the fastest wine on earth?

On Thursday 19th November, at one minute past midnight (local time), the most famous vin de primeur will be released to the jubilant cries, “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Traditionally, Beaujolais Nouveau was a farmers’ drink, enjoyed at celebrations marking the end of the harvest, whilst the ‘real’ wine was busy ageing in preparation for […]

Champagne region awarded Unesco World Heritage status

This week, Unesco announced that the Champagne wine region has been awarded a coveted place upon its list of World Heritage Sites. It’s a sparkling accolade which means that the famous wine, always in attendance at celebrations, should now have reason to celebrate itself. The Unesco award acknowledges the cultural significance of the champagne houses […]

Immerse yourself in history in medieval Avignon

With a history stretching back to the Neolithic period, stunning buildings and monuments at every turn, and a town centre surrounded by medieval ramparts, the unique character of Avignon is evident from the moment you arrive. Owned by popes and fought over by kings, the city has long been one of the most important settlements […]

Christmas in France: what to expect

If you’re heading over to France on holiday this coming festive season, it’s worth knowing how they celebrate this time of year on the other side of the channel. Of course, these traditions vary from one French region to another, and (as in the UK) even different families will have varying ways of doing things. […]

Top five winter activities in Brittany

Though you probably associate the stunning beaches and rugged coastline of Brittany with idyllic summer holidays and revitalising spring breaks, the region has something to offer visitors throughout the year, with the winter months some of the wildest, most romantic and most atmospheric of all. Plus, with all of the summer tourists safely back at […]

Banish post-festive blues with holiday plans

  You may be looking forward to Christmas now, but, come January, life can seem more than a little flat. One of the best ways to banish the midwinter blues is to book your next break. So it’s a great time of year for planning for and thinking about warmer weather and holiday freedom. Equally, […]

Top French Christmas Markets

  Do your Christmas shopping in style this year, and have a short break holiday to France at the same time! Here is a round-up of some of the best Christmas Markets France has to offer. Lille The 80 minute Eurostar link makes this one of, if not the, most popular French Christmas markets to […]

Is St Tropez still the jewel of the Cote d’Azur?

Some places will always be synonymous with class, sophistication and excitement; Milan, Mustique, Courcheval. But for a truly unique glimpse of an old fashioned glamour combined with a truly modern sense of fun, then St. Tropez is surely the ultimate holiday destination. Just the name itself conjures images of a lithe and beautiful Brigitte Bardot […]