Sedan (08 Ardennes. Champagne-Ardennes) is a name that haunts the French with memories of the battles of the Great War and the Napoleonic Wars in Eastern France.
Sedan has always been a crucial point, situated on the River Meuse and just inside the border with Belgium. Hence the medieval fortified castle – le Chateau
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The small town of Chablis (89 Yonne, Bourgogne) gives its name to one of the most important and much appreciated dry white wines of Burgundy. 19-26 July 2012 the town is home to the Festival du Chablisienne. With a varied programme combining music, wine and food this surely symbolises the pleasures at the heart of
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Apart from producing excellent wines, Chablis (89 Yonne, Bourgogne) being the most northerly of the Burgundy Wine areas, it is also a pleasant small town with a weekly street market on Saturdays,
On 4 February 2012 the town holds its St Vincent Wine Festival to show the wines of the region.
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Paris, France is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Paris offers tourists an array of historically rich world famous landmarks, works of world famous artists and composers, and some of the best food in Europe. To keep your trip affordable why not stay in a cheap Paris hotel that can offer accommodation
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Situated just an hour south of the Channel ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, St Valery-sur-Somme offers not only a first or last stopover to/from more distant French destinations, but is also worth a visit in its own right. This is where the River Somme enters the English Channel (or French Manche!) on the Bay of
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The town of Duras (47 Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine) boasts an impressive Chateau on a promontory overlooking the countryside. It is a walled town with a medieval centre in the heart of the Côtes de Duras wine appellation.
Each year the town holds an annual wine festival – this year it is on 11
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From 7-9 April 2012 the Chateau de la Bordaisiere at Montlouis-sur-Loire, just east of Tours (37 Indre-et-Loire, Centre) hosts the 16th Festival of Plants (Fete des Plantes). With over a hundred exhibitors specializing in the plants and garden art and the theme of the festival is designed to complement the United Nations declaration of 2010
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Brittany Ferries is offering 10% off all holidays booked by 18 January 2010.
The choice includes Brittany, Normandy, Western Loire and Aquitaine; Hotels, gites, villas. cottages, apartments, camping etc.
For more info see Brittany Ferries
Boulogne's port hub
LD Lines Ferries are changing over to a traditional ferry on their Dover-Boulogne cross-channel route which will increase capacity and competition on the short-sea crossings from Dover. Also there is now a new Ferry port at Boulogne which will hopefully be less down-at-heel than the previous landing point. The new terminal
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Our ocassional series of articles using local knowledge to help you get the best out of a visit to different parts of France.
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The Segala is a rural area comprising part of the south Aveyron and northern Tarn departments.
The Segala is an old provencal region also known as the Land
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