France in my opinion is horribly underrated by a lot of Britons today, many of us pack ourselves off to far away destinations, paying for costly flights and putting up with jet lag. Sometimes even getting vaccinated to travel to our chosen destination only to still end up ill anyway!
Meanwhile, just over the English Channel is that forgotten little gem we call France. Easy to get to and no scary vaccinations are required, no jet lag and best of all there is plenty to see and do. My main focus this month has been on holidaying in France, here’s a mash up of things that I have come across which I think are worth mentioning:-
Purefrance.com is great if you’re thinking about booking a holiday to France but you’re not sure where you want to go. They have an unbeatable choice of Holiday homes & Villas in France to browse through and you can also let them do the searching for you simply by listing your requirements. If you’re not sure what type of holiday you’re after, then shortlist a selection of accommodation choices to review later, I recommend taking a peek at their ‘Finest of France’ accommodations.
The Artus Hotel
The Artus Hotel is located in the heart of Paris historical centre, Saint Germain des Prés, within easy walking distance of famous landmarks. It offers 27 rooms in a contemporary design, a sauna, a concierge service and holds temporary art exhibitions in its lobby
Appleton’s Farm House
Hidden away on 2 acres of land is the 19th century Appleton’s Farm House, the English & French speaking hosts Malcolm & Edward are pet friendly and very welcoming. You can soak up the sun, snooze in the shade or enjoy a bottle of wine from the select collection on the terrace. Dining here is a relaxing experience, served alfresco under the garden pergola, evening meals often include organic meats from a neighbouring farm and fresh, seasonal produce from the garden. Its enough to keep your mouth watering for more!
Couvent Des Ursulines
In the heart of the historic town of Pezenas the Couvent des Ursulines has been recommended by professional travel writer Mary Novakovich within one of the Simonseeks travel guides, she writes:
“If you fancy self-catering, then stay in one of the apartments in the Couvent des Ursulines, run by Anglo-French couple Nikki and Jean-François Marques-Quist. This 18th-century former convent has been converted imaginatively into four airy and spacious two-bedroom apartments, all of which have private patios facing the swimming pool within the large shady garden...”
BD Tours - Discover the Bordeaux Vineyard on foot, on horseback or by car
Wine lovers from all around the world know the name of Bordeaux, a vineyard located in the south-western part of France, but also the even more prestigious appellations: Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes….which are part of it. If even the suggestion of these wines makes you dream, resist no longer and take a bespoke wine tour with BD Tours in the Bordeaux region! After your wine tour with professionals, you will return home with your eyes full of chateaux images and of beautiful vineyards landscapes, but also with an increased wine knowledge and a lot of pleasure in your taste buds!
SmoothRed www.smoothred.co.uk has established itself as the UKs number One company for private wine tours and wine tasting in France and has developed its vast expertise through 6 family generations in the wine industry.
A site which is up and coming but certainly promises to be one to watch is www.golfinfrance.com. They will provide all the information you need to organise your ideal golfing holiday to some of the most stunning destinations within France, they will also help you find relevant information about golf clubs and accommodation destinations. Contact them to sit back and relax and have everything planned for you.
If in you’re a golf fanatic then a good online resource for everything golf is Golf Today. At present the Golf Today sites contain more than 55,000 pages of information, including in depth news and tournament coverage, the world's most comprehensive and up-to-date golf course directory, travel and tuition features and other wide ranging information for both golfers and golf fans.
A ‘diamond’ resource when visiting the Languedoc and highly recommended is Blablablah. A free newspaper put together and delivered by a dedicated team of unpaid volunteers, it can be collected from airports, shops and village halls. The local Languedoc-Rousillon based French English paper was started as many visitors had questions about the local area. In June 2004 the paper was born as Blablablah with 500 copies printed; it was black and white & 4 pages, but that was only the beginning! Since then the paper has grown staggeringly in popularity and BBB now print a huge 15,000 copies per month with 32 pages!
The volunteers at BBB devote their time and energy for the benefit and advancement of the publication. Their endeavours are given freely without any demands in return. The paper is available both in print and online at blablablah.org.
Paris, famous as the most romantic capital city in the world, offers elegance and charm which is unrivalled. Paris offers a million different things to a million different tourists. Night club revues, romantic walks alongside the River Seine and first-class shopping boutiques, all offer numerous experiences to enjoy with your loved ones. If you are visiting this city for the first time, it is better to hire the services of a reputable Paris airport transfers company so that you can enjoy your trip without worrying of how to get from A to B - use a Paris airport transfer service and let them take the strain.
Join the rich and famous in one of their favourite playgrounds in Nice. The elegance of Nice's setting matches the style of the people it attracts. A terrace on the seafront Promenade is an excellent place to watch the world go by. Look at the views from the terrace... This could be your own vacation rental apartment in the South of France! If you’re interested in Nice, then follow the Blog of Alexander Thijs which is full of information and news about the local area including the famous Promenade des Anglais.
Another excellent blog for the latest on everything France is the PV - Holidays Blog, A travel blog for Pierre Vacances customers, posting travel diaries about France, the latest French events and news, and other tips for families travelling around destinations such as Flaine. Visit their website www.pv-holidays.com for apartments & hotels to rent all over France.
Taxi-du-minerovis.com is a great choice if you are looking to 'book a taxi hire from Carcassonne airport or train station in the Languedoc, south of France’.
Fully French taxi licensed with friendly bilingual English, French and Spanish taxi drivers, offering lots of useful information about the Languedoc region during your taxi journey. Book your taxi hire online through the website. – ‘Taxi hire in the Languedoc, France’.
If you are visiting the Languedoc for a holiday with your family or friends or returning to your own holiday home then www.Taxi-du-Minervois.com offers the simplest and most effective way to ‘book a taxi from airports in the Languedoc’ direct to your French property.
Paris France provides information on Paris. From the areas history to it's hotels, find out what makes Paris such a great place.
Once you've visited France, take a taste of it home with you. LeCafeShop.co.uk is an online coffee boutique dedicated to the celebration of their favourite drink. They provide high quality coffees you can afford to drink and enjoy all day, every day. From French Presses and cafetieres to Espresso and Cappuccino makers, Le Cafe Shop has something for all coffee lovers.
Guide to French wine areas - Discover the About-France.com guide to the wine producing areas of France. Wine is grown in all the regions of France from the Loire Valley and Champagne regions to the Mediterranean; this succinct guide, with its wine map of France, outlines the main characteristics of the different wine growing areas and offers tips to help you understand what is on the lable of French wine bottles, and get the best value for money when shopping round for wine in France.
Car Hire France from Nova including one-way rentals from many other pick up locations nationwide.
Gite holidays in France - Finding a gite in France can be a daunting choice, given that overall there is a very diverse range of over 10,000 properties to choose from; but with between two and three hundred selected independent gites and B&Bs, the Gitelink directory makes things a bit easier. Most of the properties in this directory are run by English-speaking owners who live nearby and provide a personal service for their guests, including the option of paying in sterling.
Car Rental Lille - World best car rentals and deals at the lowest prices. Providing the best car hire deals which are affordable and comfortable.
I’d love to hear about the places in France that you love or to see some feedback on the sites and places mentioned, leave me a comment below.