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Exploring the Calanques of Marseille

Marseille is the largest city in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. It’s the most visited destination in France and one of the top holiday destinations in Europe thanks …

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The French origins of canned meat

Author Keith van Sickle says if you want a little French flavour – reach for the tinned food section… Last year my wife Val served …

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Why La Defense should be on your Paris visit itinerary

Any number of guides will claim to confidentially reveal to you some ‘secret’ parts of Paris – and, sure enough, these places are often charming …

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Vist to Sisteron, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

The land was dry and harsh with low, sharp-edged mountains on either side as I drove to Sisteron, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, along the Rivière Durance …

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How to get on with your neighbours in France

The street where I live in Normandy, France, is called the Rue Albert Tatlock. This is not its real name because I want to gossip …

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Guide to tiled floors in France

Coloured floor tiles have been around since at least 4000BC when the ancient Egyptians produced them in large numbers. Even before that the Chinese and …

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Visit to the Musée des Confluences

If you’re fortunate enough to visit the wonderful city of Lyon, you’ll most likely come across the fascinating presqu’ile (say ‘press-keel’) – meaning peninsula. A …

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An Englishman remembers his first year in France

The year started on, Friday, 30 August 2001 as I drove off the car ferry at Caen Ouistreham in an old Fiat Punto. The car …

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A perspective of old Paris – gone, yet still here

‘We’ll always have Paris,’ said Rick, as he gazed into Ilse’s eyes in the movie classic Casablanca. The Paris that Rick was referring to was …

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The charms of Nice, southern France

The dividing line in Nice between the beach and the luxury hotels in Nice is the Promenade des Anglais, created in the early nineteenth century …

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