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  • Love France on Valentine's Day

    Romance is in the air and I love to make Valentine’s Day really special with a short break or long weekend in France. It just feels like the right place to be. Travel is quick and easy from the south east with Eurotunnel or by ferry from Dover - and Northern France has some fascinating places to discover.

  • Riquewihr the gem of the Alsace - Photo Friday 15 Oct 2010

    Riquewihr is a wonderful and romantic little medieval town, 55 miles from Strasbourg, hidden between the Vosges mountains and some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace.

  • Romance and Valentines in France

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to hearts, flowers and spring. France is to me the ideal destination for a romantic break.

  • Romantic Valentine’s weekend in France

    France is a fabulously romantic destination for Valentine’s Day. This year, the 14th February is a Sunday, so you still have time to make a proper weekend of it with your beloved.

    As birds begin to mate in mid-February, so too should men and women exchange love letters and romantic tokens. That’s the Valentine tradition, which probably started during the Middle Ages in both France and England.  For 2016, here’s our top tips for romantic breaks in France:

    Stay in the countryside around and dip into one of these romantic cities:

    • Cahors - a beautiful setting beside the river Lot and a remarkable medieval bridge
    • Annecy - a lake and canals to stroll by and mountain peaks to admire
    • Lille - on the Eurostar route, has stylish shopping, art galleries and fine dining.
    • St Etienne – great museums and history
    • Tours – beautiful city for history and wine buffs
    • Paris – especially for the The Eiffel Tower and the Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame

    Visit a romantic landmark

    • The Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mers traverses the south of France for 240 km
    • The Gothic abbey of Mont St Michel in Normandy – narrow winding lanes that ooze history
    • The standing stones at Carnac, Brittany

    Romantic coastal hideaways

    • Normandy/ Brittany with their harbours, coves and resorts in the north
      The sparkling Cote d’Azur in the south, flying into Nice or Toulon

    Romantic chateaux
    With its vineyards and fairytale chateaux, its tranquil countryside and gourmet restaurants, the Loire valley is one of France’s most romantic destinations

    Adults only
    Your peace and quiet will be guaranteed at an adults only cottage in the glorious countryside of the Dordogne in south west France

    Romantic activity break
    Take one of our activity holidays and combine leisurely romance with a meeting of minds in learning new skills or refreshing tired bodies through pampering and sport.