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  • Chocolate Truffles for Valentines day

    Valentine's Day will soon be upon us and at home here in Wales I notice there are many advertisements in the local newspapers for Valentine's short breaks to Paris. This is surely a most romantic getaway for those couples wanting to spend a special time together and where could be more romantic than Paris!

  • France in February – Family half-term or Valentine hearts and flowers?

    Both Valentine’s Day and school half-term holidays occur this month – and both are great opportunities for a trip to France.  How do you choose when there’s a lot to be said for either?

  • Ideas and offers for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend in France

     There’s still time to whisk your beloved off their feet and get all loved up with a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend in France, the country of lovers. Whether you’re eighteen or eighty, in the flush of new romance or content in lasting love, the French approach to l’amour is bound to create happy memories. My heart still melts when I think back to a certain Art Nouveau restaurant in Calais with food like art on the plate and little hearts scattered on the tablecloth….

  • 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.

  • 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.