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A Christmas market river cruise on the Rhine
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A Christmas market river cruise on the Rhine

Wooden chalets full of Christmas ornaments, towering Christmas trees, sparkling lights and the smell of log fires burning, roasting chestnuts and bubbling pans of Glühwein. Christmas markets have taken over Europe, and there are few cities which don’t have…

Summer in Morzine in the French Alps

Morzine: Summer holidays in the French Alps

It’s summer in the ski resort of Morzine in the French Alps. The wooden Alpine chalets and mountain peaks are the same. But the ski jackets and gloves have been swapped for shorts and sunglasses. The snow-covered pistes for…

Colmar: France's fairytale town

Visiting Colmar, Alsace: France’s fairytale town

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

Montmartre’s art and history: A self-guided Paris walking tour

Paris walks: A self-guided Montmartre walking tour

The hilltop neighbourhood of Montmartre, Paris, is one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. But not too long ago it was synonymous with drinking, dancing and debauchery. In the mid-19th century it was just outside Paris’ city limits…

10 fabulous French weekends

10 fabulous French weekend break ideas

I’ve spent more holidays in France than anywhere else – from childhood trips to Normandy to a winter skiing in the Alps. And one of the things I love most about the country is its diversity. Whatever trip you…

Château Autignac, Languedoc, South of France

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…