Jo Kessel kayaks the Ardeche River from Ch’ti Franoi

There comes a moment in any parent’s life when you think: why? Mine comes as I dangle off a rope tethered to a ten-metre high rock-face in south-central France.The aim is to abseil down, using my arms and legs. Unfortunately, the only muscle being exercised is my voice-box, muttering profanities.‘Check out the view,’ says instructor Ollie, who’s…

A weekend trip to Bordeaux for a glass of claret? Why not?

A new section of high-speed line means the train journey from Paris, via TGV, now takes just over two hours — 70 minutes less than before.So you can reach the south-west of France on the Eurostar from London’s St Pancras (via Paris, and a quick scoot from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse) in just under six hours. Elegant and accessible in…

Bordeaux Wine Vintage 2020 Is A Silky Delight

Château Montrose wine estate in Saint-Estephe (Photo: GEORGES GOBET / AFP) AFP via Getty Images[This and another article published today complement each other.]After sampling hundreds of wines and visiting multiple chateaux throughout Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Médoc, Graves, Bourg and Blaye in the Bordeaux region of southwest France—the overall…

Judgment of Paris: The tasting that changed wine forever

(CNN) — In a Parisian hotel 45 years ago, some of France’s biggest wine experts came together for a blind tasting. The finest French wines were up against upstarts from California. At the time, this didn’t even seem like a fair contest — France made the world’s best wines and Napa Valley was not yet on the map — so the result was believed to…

20 Stunning Places To Visit In France

France is one of those amazing countries that’s so diverse and vast that you could literally spend months exploring and still not even touch the surface of stunning places to visit in France. And that’s not even starting with all the vino, brie (Yum 😋) and the stunning chateaux that are dotted across the country.Now, although I love Paris…

‘Lyon’s a great, weird city’: Bill Buford’s five years in the heart of France’ …

There is a chapter in Bill Buford’s book Dirt – his hugely entertaining account of a five-year journey into the earthy, primal food culture of Lyon – in which he persuades local farmers that he should help in the killing of a pig. The blood from the animal will be used to make the pungent Lyonnaise speciality, boudin noir.As with much of his…

Red wines to enjoy this summer | David Williams

Domaine du Vieux Pressoir Saumur Puy Notre Dame, Loire, France 2015 (£23, redsquirrelwine.com) A change in the season means a change in red wine style: away with the chunky, the rich, the powerful; in with the elegant, the fragrant, the refreshing. No wine style fits the latter brief better than the red wines of the Loire, especially those made from…

Best bargain wines from Bordeaux | David Williams

Château de Pitray, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France 2017 (£13.99, or £9.99 as part of a mixed case of six, majestic.co.uk) One of the explanations for Bordeaux’s leadership of the fine wine world is the carefully managed hoopla that surrounds the launch of the region’s new vintage each spring. In normal times, the world’s fine wine trade…

Celebrity Beyond to debut in Southampton

Celebrity Cruises chief executive, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, has unveiled the third ship in the Edge series, Celebrity Beyond.The launch also signifies a strong vote of confidence in the UK, as Celebrity Beyond will depart on her maiden voyage from Southampton, on a ten-night western Europe cruise.The trip will visit Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and…

The elegant city of Lyon offers…

Anger as ex-generals warn of ‘deadly civil war’ in… BBC News • 55mThe French government has condemned an open letter signed by active soldiers that said the country was heading for “civil war” due to religious extremism. About 1,000 servicemen and women, including some…

This 45-Night River Cruise Takes Passengers Through 14 Countries

There is something magical about springtime in Europe. But it can be hard to determine which country to visit to experience it. Well, how about 14 of them? AmaWaterways just announced it was launching a second Seven River Journey for spring 2023, where passengers would sail for 45 nights and visit the Netherlands, Belgium, and 12 other destinations.RELATED:…

Third of French wine lost after rare cold snaps devastate vines

At least a third of French wine production worth almost €2bn (£1.7bn) in sales will be lost this year after rare freezing temperatures devastated many vines and fruit crops across France, raising concerns over the climate crisis.“This is probably the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the beginning of the 21st century,” the French agriculture…

France May Soon Replace Flights with Trains for Short Journeys

It’s now quite well-known that aviation emission from airplanes contribute to global warming. Many countries have been considering cutting down on short duration flights. The latest is France. French MPs are voting to ban short domestic flights in favor of train services on routes that can be travelled in less than two-and-a-half hours. After…

France to ban some domestic flights where train available

French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights that can be made by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures.After a heated debate in the Assemblée Nationale at the weekend, the ban, a watered-down version of a key recommendation from President Emmanuel Macron’s citizens’…

French Monks Stuck With 4,000 Cheeses In Lockdown, Launch Emergency Online Sales

A monk at Citeaux Abbey, Cote d’Or, France, with the cows–in lockdown, they have been stuck with too … [+] much cheese Gamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesThe Cîteaux Abbey in Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux, just south of the French city of Dijon is most well known for being the birthplace of the Catholic Cistercian order of monks. It is also rather…

Superjumbo era comes to an end: Last Airbus A380 takes off on its test flight

Superjumbo era comes to an end: Last Airbus A380 takes off on its test flight Friday, March 26th 2021 – 09:49 UTC Full article Emirates reportedly tried to cancel its remaining order for the A380 last year after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a huge downturn in air travel The era of the Superjumbo is coming to an end as the last Airbus A380 ever…

Costa Cruises delays European return until May

Costa Cruises has abandoned plans to return to Europe in March, moving its restart to May. The decision has been taken in consideration of the restrictions still in place in Italy and other European countries to contain Covid-19. Such measures do not allow the company to offer the best cruise vacations to its guests, especially for what concerns the…

Marseille Becomes Latest EU City To Protest Covid-19 Restrictions

The unauthorised carnival on the Canebière in Marseille, southern France, on March 21, 2021. AFP via Getty ImagesAt least 6,500 people celebrated carnival over the weekend in Marseille, flouting government guidelines on social distancing, breaking the 7pm curfew and partying. Monday morning, a vast majority of the recycling and waste bins across…

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