Although the birthplace of wine can be traced back to a cave in Armenia around 4000 BC, France has long been the beacon of viticulture. This is a country that has produced some of the finest vintages in history, and its regions lend their name to almost all grape varieties. Whether you’re a snob for a Southern hemisphere Sauvignon or favour a California Pinot Noir, you probably have France to thank for it. If you have a car, there should be little to put you off exploring France’s famous wine capitals on a summer road trip. After catching a P&O ferry to Calais, four of the most distinguished wine regions in the world are at your fingertips. Each have their own allures, and here, we delve into what makes each of them unique.
NB: France has a driving law which requires every vehicle to have a breathalyzer on hand at all times. Stay safe and stay overnight locally when choosing to indulge in a few glasses of regionally produced wine.
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Quick enough to see the sights, and leisurely enough to not miss anything, there’s nothing quite like exploring a new place on two wheels. Whatever your cycling ability, there’s a fantastic destination just waiting to welcome you. Try casually coasting down city streets, getting your heart thumping on off-road routes or even packing up and taking a long tour right across the continent. So grab your bicycle and get ready for an adventure you won’t forget – here are some top cycling destinations in Europe.
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With croissants, crèmes brûlées and more pastries than you can shake a French stick at, some of the world’s best-loved foods are just a short hop across the English Channel. With so many gastronomic diversions on offer, there are few greater pleasures than enjoying a boeuf Bourguignon in the heart of Burgundy, or sweet madeleines from an authentic Alsatian bakery. Just imagine if you could learn how to cook real French food for yourself so that you could recreate your favourites at home too.
As part of our #rediscover campaign, we’re forgoing the typical French tourism draws to bring you something new and exciting. Take more than just a souvenir home with you and learn a lifelong skill with our guide to quick courses and cooking schools in France.
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Valentine’s Day is traditionally the most romantic day of the year, and couples across the globe are preparing to spoil their loved one with candlelit meals, fragrant roses and heart-shaped chocolates. While this is great for anyone lucky enough to have that special someone, it can leave singletons feeling a bit left out. If you don’t have a date this Sunday, why not spend the holiday doing something a little different? Check out our favourite cities to discover solo or with friends, and fall in love with a new destination this Valentine’s Day.
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Known as the ‘Garden of France’ ever since Renaissance writer François Rabelais first labelled the area, the Loire Valley is one of the most glamorous and resplendent parts of this charming country. The rich, green landscape of this region is sprinkled with historic towns, spectacular castles and fortresses built amid beautiful scenery. Explore exquisite banquet halls, extravagant gardens and stand in awe of the amazing architecture of these noble residences.
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