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  • Celebrate 14th July, France's National Day

    Bon 14 Juillet! Today, 14th July, is Bastille Day, France’s biggest national public holiday and major celebration of the start of the French Revolution in 1789.

  • Celebrating 14th July, La fête nationale in France

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    Bonne quatorze juillet! Today is France’s biggest national public holiday and major celebration of the storming of the Bastille and start of the French Revolution in 1789.

    The Bastille was a notorious Paris prison that epitomised the arbitrary power of the French monarchy. Its storming in 1789 eventually led to the establishment of the Republic, with its principles of liberty, brotherhood and freedom.

    Public and private celebrations are taking place all over France today. There’s a military parade in the Champs Elysees, Paris, along with some spectacular balls, dances and firework displays. You’ll also find concerts and other musical performances and see extended families coming together to enjoy good food and wine.

    Banks, post offices, many shops and some restaurants are closed, but travel should not be much affected, although roads may be busy. Many will be cheering on French cyclists in the Tour de France, as they ride some hard hills.

    In the UK, you’ll find celebrations mainly centred around French food cafes and restaurants, so it’s a great day to indulge in steak frites with vin rouge or a delicate patisserie with thé citron.

    Want some reading to get you in the mood? Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos sets the scene of privilege, A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel highlights the main characters and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities brings the drama of the revolution, of course featuring the dreaded Madame la Guillotine.

    Inspired to visit France? We make it easy with our fabulous range of accommodation at B&Bs and holiday rentals, along with travel advice and booking.

  • Christmas holiday accommodation in France

    Made plans for the festive season yet? Christmas in France is magical, more traditional and less commercialised than in Britain. Our region of the month, Northern France, includes Paris which is transformed at this time of year, with lights twinkling along the Seine, streets lined with decorated fir trees and Christmas Markets springing up around the city.

    I love the idea of renting one of our cosy apartments in Paris for Christmas, shopping for presents in the chic department stores like Printemps for fashion and Galeries Lafayette for exotic foods and wonderful wines. Even outside the very centre, in trendy arrondissements, there are enticing local cafes and oh-so-French restaurants.

    I could wander the avenues, feasting my eyes on creative festive lights and tasteful shop windows, then maybe drop into a gallery or museum for some uplifting art and take time out in Notre Dame. Oh, and I’d have to go skating, take a trip on a bateau mouche and browse the Christmas markets for decorations that would grace my temporary Paris home and come out every year afterwards.

    For a big family or group Christmas, Northern France is an excellent destination and we have many country houses very close to lovely small towns where the Christmas spirit reigns with a very French, almost understated appeal. Some have fantastic special offers for the Christmas period.

    Browse our guides to Northern France and Paris and grab a festive season Special Offer.

  • Christmas Markets in France 2013 - Our New Updated Guide Now Available

    The best Christmas market in France for crystal and Le Creuset is Amiens; at Licques market there’s a turkey parade, while Noisy le Grand, Paris offers hand crafted wooden toys and horse-drawn carriage rides. All this and more is in our comprehensive 2013 online guide to Christmas markets, a veritable treasure trove of information for lovers of these luscious shopping experience–cum-theatre events that are so special in France.

    Each market reflects the character of its location, so a visit is a good chance to discover a new area of France. Mulhouse market, for instance, is typically Alsatian, with half-timbered stalls featuring exceptional fabrics - and there’s mulled wine to sip on and little biscuits to nibble.

    The medieval town of Nancy, famous for its triumphal arch built to honor Louis XV, hosts its celebrated market in the historic Place Maginot, selling delicious fresh bread, spicy charcuterie, Bergamotte bonbons and mouthwatering macarons. Enjoyable Christmas activities here include carol singing, folk dancing and lively street entertainment.

    The guide lists around 25 markets – from Arras in the North to Avignon in the South - all in complete and tantalising detail, including location, goods for sale, food specialities and associated events. It also gives options for travel by road, rail and air and local accommodation, both hotels at discounted rates and self-catering options.

    So, what are you waiting for? To plan your trip, browse our 2013 guide to Christmas markets in France

  • Christopher Campbell-Howes takes a philosophical turn . . .

    WE'RE IN Essex, having flown in from Carcassonne for a long weekend. We're staying for a few nights in a bed-and-breakfast. When we arrive for breakfast, there's a fellow-guest already tucking into the full English.

  • Christopher Campbell-Howes turns the clock back . . . (CMigrator copy 1)

    WE'VE GOT a street map of Paris all over the kitchen table this morning. No, we're not going there, except maybe in our imagination. We're looking excitedly for certain streets. Here's the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, which we've just learnt

  • Congratulations Chris Froome on third Tour de France win!

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    Yesterday champion British cyclist Chris Froome rode the customary lap of honour in the Champs-Élysées, Paris, before being crowned winner of the 2016 Tour de France. The win is his third, making him Britain’s first ever three-time winner and one of a small, elite group in the world.

    Froome shared the honours with Romain Bardet of France,  the Colombian rider Nairo Quintana and Britain's Adam Yates, who came fourth. André Greipel of Germany won the final stage in the traditional sprint on the Champs-Élysées.

    Froome had held the yellow jersey, awarded to the winner of each stage, for several days of the race. On Saturday he safely negotiated pouring rain in the mountains, with a treacherous descent from the Col de Joux Plane to Morzine, to gain a lead of four minutes and five seconds.

    Inspired by Chris's victory? There's still time to plan a cycling holiday in France this year, using our handy cycling guide

    Looking ahead, the 2017 Tour starts in Dusseldorf and if you want to know where to go in France to see the excitement for yourself, watch for further details on the official Tour websitethen check out our accommodation along the route.

  • Destination France magazine highlights Christmas at French Connections

    Destination France is a sumptuous magazine with a passion for France. It's packed with news, events, holiday ideas and in-depth guides with beautiful photographs. The Autumn issue features the Christmas and New Year pages at French Connections, where owners can see a useful guide and promote their properties and holidaymakers will soon be able to find and book their perfect French getaway for the festive season.

    One regional focus for the Autumn issue of the magazine is the department of Yvelines, just west of Paris in the Ile de France. Its most popular attraction is the vast Palace of Versailles, centre of the royal court since the 17th century and probably most famous for its association with Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.  Here, you can see not only the main apartments and chapel but also the gardens and even Marie Antoinette's farm.

    But Versailles is not the only chateau worth visiting in this area. The magazine also recommends the less well known Grand and Petit Trianon, the Chateau de Rambouillet set in forest in the south west of Yvelines and the Chateau de Breteuil at Choisel, which has stunning gardens and life-sized waxwork figures.

    Destination France magazine is published quarterly and currently has a special offer on postal subscriptions.