France holidays

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Five European city breaks for art and culture on a budget
From classical opera in Kraków to outdoor sculpture in San Sebastián, here’s where to find great art, music and film without breaking the bank

Jon Bryant

27, May, 2023 @10:00 AM

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In French I am void of personality. But I learn to embrace my ineptitude
As Fatima Malik’s classmates expertly conjugated verbs around her, she fantasised about quitting French. But along with the dread came new possibilities

Fatima Malik

12, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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‘The cycling was a breeze’: following the Seine through Normandy
The Seine à Vélo cycle route follows minor roads to major attractions, including a medieval chateau, Monet’s garden and Rouen cathedral

Dixe Wills

09, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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From childhood to cubism: on the Picasso travel trail in Spain and France
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death. Here are seven great spots to commemorate his work. By Louise Roddon

Louise Roddon

16, Apr, 2023 @9:00 AM

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10 of the best Paris hotels with a view
From buzzy rooftop bars taking in the Eiffel Tower to sunsets on the Seine, these are some of the best vantage points looking out over this ‘timeless town’

Annabelle Thorpe

26, Mar, 2023 @10:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Toulouse, France: ‘the sun bounces off the pink brick and everything glows’
Food tour operator Jessica Hammer on where to eat, drink and tango the night away in ‘la Ville Rose’

Interview by Carolyn Boyd

20, Mar, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Unspoilt and snowclad: the perfect Easter skiing spot in the French Alps
The Haute Maurienne valley has slopes for everyone from children to off-piste adventurers yet is still quieter and wilder than its neighbouring ski areas

Gemma Bowes

14, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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We took the kids to Corsica without flying – by adding three days of adventure
A thrilling tour of the mountainous island – with two small boys in tow – takes in beaches, culture and dramatic scenery

Holly Tuppen

11, Mar, 2023 @8:00 AM

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‘It’s still as beautiful as ever’: the changing face of the French Alps
The reality of the climate crisis is that Chamonix valley’s glaciers are shrinking, though tourist guides and their clients are finding ways to help and adapt

Sam Haddad

07, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Remade in Paris: new life for capital’s abandoned buildings
Across the French capital, old stations, factories and a university campus are being transformed into artists’ studios, theatres and some of the city’s hottest clubbing venues

Catherine Frances Bennett

23, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Mange tout: 10 of the best food festivals in France
From a 15,000-egg omelette and four courses of figs to a famous lemon carnival, here’s a foodie tour de France

Carolyn Boyd

15, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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How a ski trip to France helped me find my winter travel mojo
With its tree-lined ski slopes and starlit forest hikes, the traditional village of Villard-de-Lans, near Grenoble, made me fall back in love with skiing holidays

Rachel Dixon

18, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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