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Colmar: France's fairytale town
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Colmar: France’s fairytale town

I have a weakness for canalside cities – Annecy, Bruges, Amsterdam, Venice. But one of my all-time favourites is Strasbourg in France’s Alsace region, a city overflowing with half-timbered medieval buildings and flower-lined canals. So when I heard that…

10 fabulous French weekends
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10 fabulous French weekend break ideas

I’ve spent more time in France than anywhere else in the world – from childhood holidays in Normandy to house-sitting in Paris and a winter skiing in the Alps. And one of the things I love most about the…

Ponts and palaces: What to see and do in Avignon
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Ponts and palaces: What to see and do in Avignon

Set on the banks of the Rhône and surrounded by medieval stone ramparts, Avignon is one of Provence’s biggest cities. So I was expecting it to be, well, a bit more like a big city. But instead I found…

Château Autignac, Languedoc, South of France
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A French vineyard stay at Château Autignac

If you’ve always fancied yourself running a vineyard in the South of France by day and swanning around a stunning château by night, then Château Autignac is the place to live the dream… without having to do any of…

Spring in France’s Languedoc wine region
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Spring in the Languedoc vineyards, France

It’s a spring Sunday morning in France’s Languedoc wine region. My mum and I arrived in the dark last night after a long train journey to spend a few days at the luxurious Château Autignac wine estate. I’ve been…

An autumn weekend in Paris
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An autumnal weekend in Paris

Audrey Hepburn knew what she was talking about when she said ‘Paris is always a good idea’. There isn’t really a bad time of year for an escape to the French capital. You can ice skate halfway up the…

An artistic weekend in Honfleur, Normandy
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An artistic weekend in Honfleur, Normandy

A picturesque harbour tightly packed with sailing boats. Rows of tall, thin, slate-fronted houses and stone salt stores. Waterside restaurants with colourful awnings and tables spilling out onto cobbled streets. Honfleur really is as pretty as a painting –…

What to see and do in Antibes, South of France
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Boats and beaches: What to see and do in Antibes, France

I’ve been to France many times, but what I love about it (other than the cheese and wine obviously) is that it keeps surprising me. I thought I knew the Côte d’Azur – millionaires’ coastal villas, exclusive boutiques, casinos,…