France

Whilst many come to France for its food, wine and amazing scenery, the urban traveller makes a beeline for Paris – a city whose famed aloofness is well merited after centuries in the world’s cultural spotlight. In the shadow of the City of Light, France is home to many more great towns and cities, such as Bordeaux, Marseilles, Lyons, Cannes, Angers and Montpellier.

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Great music is all it takes for a great rock festival. But if you add the charming Breton coast, an ancient privateer town, and a (seemingly) mysterious afterparty, then it’s so much the better. Andrea Gambaro reports. As I light up a cigarette in the back seat of the car,…

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A British film festival in Bretagne? Josh Ferry-Woodard hops the Brittany Ferry across the Channel and enjoys two scoops of the silver screen with a French connection on top… Politics may divide us but during the Dinard British Film Festival at least, Britain and Europe still share a special relationship.…

lyon city guide

A city of proud pedigree with several envious claims to fame, it’s high time tourists stopped overlooking the regional capital of the Rhône-Alpes for Paris. Mandy Andritsi and 
Mateo Jaramillo Ortega spill the beans on Lyon… Lights, camera… Lyon! This is the city where cinema was born, when brothers Auguste and…

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Barons and Bonaparte, gastro-bistros and Velib bikes, have all left their mark on the French capital and its characteristic twenty arrondissements. Sophie Massie lifts the shroud off the City of Light. For hundreds of years Paris reigned as the world’s undisputed capital of literature, culture and cuisine. In more recent…

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Flan, tarte Monge, pain au chocolat… or just a bloody brilliant croissant! Paris resident Jana Markova runs down five of the very best boulangeries in the capital, and their signature treat. One can’t imagine Paris without its particular tiny bakeries that are literally found on every single street corner. In…