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  • And the Cow jumped over the moon

    Tootling through Burgundy on a motorbike can be fun

  • Christopher Campbell-Howes bottoms out. . .

    WE'RE SO lucky to have an old railway line practically at the foot of our garden. I've mentioned it before, but in case it has slipped your mind, it's the track of the railway that used to run through our very up-and-down countryside to carry coal

  • Complete guide to the Tour de France now published

    'Tour' is a fat, glossy magazine with fabulous photos and all the low-down on the 2011 Tour de France - and it features French Connections places to stay close to the Tour locations.'Tour' is described as the ultimate fans' guide to the great race. It includes exclusive interviews with Bradley Wiggins, the great British rider and Geraint Thomas, the Welsh superhero, and gives tips on bikes and equipment for cycling enthusiasts.  There is a complete rundown on the stages, teams, favourites and bikes and a detailed stage analysis by Chris Boardman.

    An article on 'Grand Tourism' reminds readers that going to France to watch the action unfold is an unbeatable experience with the bonus of riding some of the race's legendary routes.  Among the suggested places to stay are French Connections' Old Salt House in Port Launay, Brittany (ID 152560), Grange du Devezou in the Auvergne (ID 154964) and some 300 properties within 30 miles of Serre-Chevalier for the Alps stage.

  • Gers is great for a sunny, laid back holiday

    Long, hot summer days; great walking and cycling; sleepy villages and bastide towns set in rolling countryside; gourmet delights and Armagnac brandy – and all this set against the glorious backdrop of the Pyrenees Mountains. No wonder Gers, in the Midi Pyrenees, is our region of the month.

    The Gers is the perfect destination for a leisurely, laid-back holiday. With a small population, no motorways and countryside where life and farming adhere to time-honoured tradition, you simply can’t avoid slowing down. But if you do decide to take in a little leisurely walking or cycling, then you’ll find numerous marked routes and many useful guide books. 

  • Get to know the gorgeous Haute-Garonne

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    Our region of the month is a little known area of France that’s well worth discovering. Not only does it boast plenty of sunshine, lakes, mountains and a rich abundance of both culture and colourful produce, this is also a great place for food, history and outdoor activities all the year round.

    Haute-Garonne lies in the south west corner of France in the Midi-Pyrénées. In the north is the buzzing city of Toulouse, often called the pink city after the rose coloured stone of its buildings, and in the south are the beautiful lakes, forests and valleys of the Pyrénées mountains. Also in the south is the border with Spain.

    There is plenty of opportunity to relax by or on the water here as both the river Garonne and the famous Canal du Midi run for miles through the region. And lovers of history and landscape will not be disappointed by the prehistoric shelter of Aurignac, the Gallo-Roman villa of Montmaurin, the Lespugue Gorge and Bonnefont Abbey.

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    For anyone who loves the great outdoors, Haute-Garonne is a paradise. In summer enjoy walking through stunning natural areas of conservation or cycling, canoeing and kayaking. In winter there are great opportunites for skiing on slopes as beautiful as the Alps but less crowded.

    Travel is easy, either through Toulouse airport with a good choice of flights, or an eight to nine hour drive from Calais. For accommodation in Haute-Garonne, check out our beautiful gites, farmhouses and villas or stay in one of several stunning chateaux.

  • Holidays in Burgundy and Saône-et-Loire

    Vineyards producing world-famous Burgundy and Beaujolais wines with iconic names – no less than 49 million bottles a year  - tasty regional food from simple to gourmet, miles of greenways and cycling routes and a voyage of discovery around French history. These are the highlights of a holiday in Burgundy and Saône-et-Loire, its most southerly department. Oh, and the cachet of having discovered a little known region of France.

  • Planning a family camping holiday in France?

    We've found the latest deals and discounts for your camping holiday.

  • The Butterflies of Spring

    Riding a bicycle is something that I have been known to do, on very rare occasions

  • The Drôme is just waiting to be discovered

    We know that regular visitors to France love to discover new regions off the main tourist routes and our region of the month for October is a real gem. The Drôme (department number 26) is named for its river and located in the Rhône-Alpes, just north of Provence. In fact, the southern Drôme Provencal enjoys a Mediterranean micro climate and is abundant with olives, apricots, aromatic herbs and lavender fields stretching right to the foot of the mountains.

  • Tour de France 2017 Accommodation

    The Tour de France takes place over three weeks each July and has been running for over 100 years. The race always begins with the Grand Départ, with the starting location and route changing each year. The cycle route covers approximately 3,300 kms and as the name suggests, the cyclists tour through France on their way to the finishing line at the Champs-Elysees in Paris.