9 must visit Christmas markets in France

Christmas markets mean the festive season is unquestionably creeping up on us. Buying gifts at Christmas markets ensures you’ll give handcrafted, artisan items with the personal touch. Christmas markets are a firm favourite for many. And as far as we’re concerned there is a festive market for everyone. Whether you plan on…

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Top tips for a family friendly holiday in Anjou

For a combination of tranquility and adrenalin, boating holidays in Anjou are perfectly family friendly. A former county, duchy and province, it has a rich and colourful history. You’ll find that reflected in its impressive examples of medieval, Roman and renaissance architecture throughout its towns and villages. What’s more, this region…

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Events in September – 11 must-do’s in France

France starts autumn in cultural style with a month of events Celebrating the very best of French history, culture, cuisine and sport, plus a splash here and there of international culture, too. From gardens to film, mussels to marathon, you won’t be stuck for something to do. Question is, where…

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Events in August – 14 must-do’s in France

Live like a local when you’re in France this summer and wend your way to one or more of these fabulous cultural events 1. Normandy Impressionist Festival Where: various venues around Normandy When: throughout August until 26 September As the birthplace of some of the founders of Impressionism, Normandy is more…

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Behind the scenes of Euro2016

As La Rochefoucauld quote says on the official UEFA Euro2016 site, “everything happens in France” and that was certainly true during the month-long tournament. European footie fans cheered their hearts out, shed tears of frustration and discovered that small countries can play big football. But what went on beyond the…

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The 5 iconic Paris sights you can see best from the River Seine

Every year millions of tourists flock to Paris drawn to the city’s world famous monuments, but this popularity inevitably leads to big crowds of people all trying to see the same thing at the same time. The city is so popular that even in low season it can be difficult…

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Top 10 blogs about France (in English)

If you’re looking for know-how on France you’re spoilt for choice. For a first hand perspective though, you’ll generally find sites blogging about France as the most insightful. But there are plenty and covering myriad topics too. From French wine to top tips for a holiday in Paris, discovering hidden…

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How the rivers and canals of France inspired an arts movement

The French waterways are known for their tranquility and lovely scenery, and these attributes have unsurprisingly inspired artists for centuries. In fact, some of the world’s most famous paintings feature rivers and canals in France. There’s something about the reflections in the water, the sunlight dappling on the ripples and…

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7 must-visit Beaune wine cellars

The Côte de Beaune ranks among the best wine areas in Burgundy. And not surprisingly the lovely town of Beaune is home to some fine wine cellars. Visiting a wine vault in the town is one of the top attractions in Beaune. So we’ve pulled together what we believe to…

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The who’s who of hotel barge cruising 2016

Last chance: these barges are almost full for 2016. Something about these hotel barges makes them unique. That extra special something that everyone looks for in a French river vacation. In fact, they’ve been so popular that there are hardly any dates left this year especially if you fancy a…

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Three Comté cheese recipes for the weekend

It’s the weekend. You’re in France. Cheese is always on the menu. So what better way to focus the foodie in you than by trying out three delectable new recipes courtesy of Comté and chef Laura Pope. Onion Tart with apples, bacon and Comté The nuttiness of Comté shines through in this hearty winter…

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10 of the best spring events in Burgundy

Spring in Burgundy is one of the most colourful times of year. From the bright yellow rapeseed* fields to the delicate pink blossom on the cherry trees, and the burgeoning green-leaf growth of the famous vineyards, the entire region springs into colour as the days grow longer and the weather…

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Our hat-trick – 3 new hotel barges for 2016

This one’s a hat-trick of great new hotel barges and we’re thrilled to add them to our collection. Hot on the heels of 6 other new hotel barges we added recently, we know you’re going to love this trio from bow to stern!   Anjodi https://www.french-waterways.com/boats/anjodi/ Traditional with a capital ‘T’…

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