Six of Lyon's best bistro-style 'bouchon' restaurants

The bouchon — a rustic restaurant serving hearty local fare — is a true symbol of Lyon. Loosen your belt and take in some of the city’s best.

Four of the best boutique hotels in Dijon

Modern boltholes are hidden behind historic facades in this French city, where hoteliers have a knack for creating stylish places to stay out of creaking 15th-century mansions and chic 1920 townhouses.

The best croissant in Paris: the journey to awarding one patisserie the prestigious title

Flaky, fluffy and golden, the perfect croissant is a thing of beauty, but not all made the cut at the Concours du Meilleur Croissant de Grand Paris 2021. We take a look behind the scenes of a very French competition.

Four extravagant stays in the Loire Valley, France

Revamped palaces and arty treehouses await in France’s bucolic chateau country.

The pastis of Provence: the revival of the aniseed aperitif

In the south of France, in and around the city of Marseille, a new generation of artisanal distillers are breathing fresh life — and flavours — into the region’s beloved aniseed aperitif.

How to experience the best of Paris at home

Whether it’s listening to suburban hip-hop or baking bread under the tutelage of a master baker, there’s a raft of ways to enjoy the French capital without crossing the Channel.
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Stressed? Enjoy this relaxing flight through Europe’s skies

Take time out for a scenic, soothing flight across some of the continent's most beautiful places – courtesy of the National Geographic show Europe From Above. 

A culinary guide to Alsace, France

Tucked up against the German border, France’s once-contested region has been shaped by centuries of upheaval. Today, chefs and winemakers alike are celebrating a legacy of culinary diversity.

A portrait of pastoral life in France's Central Pyrenees

A week in the Central Pyrenees, tucked in the south west corner of France’s Occitania region, reveals a pastoral life little changed in centuries. Here, among medieval market towns and lush valleys, the past’s thread snakes its way through the present.

A taste of France in six drinks

Every part of France boasts its own alcoholic speciality, from the pastis of Provence to Burgundy’s crème de cassis and Normandy's apple brandy, calvados. Here’s our pick of the country’s top tipples.

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