This week saw 152 articles about France. Here is a selection of some articles which appeared in National publications from 21 November to 27 November
Press Review – weekend – 26 to 27 of November
Swoosh into action – Daily Mail
A good cliché: sun, mug of hot chocolate with the Mont Blanc lurking on the horizon is as heady as a double shot of schnapps. Where are we? On the terrace of a café in the massive Portes du soleil region. Go snow there.
Lille – Independent traveller
Lille, a northern French city is known for its welcome, but above all, its Christmas market adding some seasonal cheer. 48h in Lille? Stay at the modern two-star Hotel Lille Europe, lunch at the Estaminet au vieux de la vieille, visit the magnificent Palais des Beaux Arts, have an aperitif: drink the potent Flemish brews of Affligem and Brigand at Les trois brasseurs and dine in à L’Huitrière in Vieux Lille.
A resort with bijou charm – Independent traveller
You will find luxury and calm in La Clusaz. If you are foodie, you will eat delicious French food and wine. Go to Les caves du Paccaly, or Le Vieux chalet…Maybe you will smell reblochon or tartiflette’s pungent perfume!
Give yourself a break this Christmas – The Daily Telegraph travel
Follow me to the best-value hotels and B&Bs. On Nice’s liveliest pedestrian street, the Régence has astonishing flair for a two-star. St Tropez will welcome you at the Hotel le Mouillage; a lovely Provencal homestead of a palace as colourful as a postcard. The best deal in Bordeaux? Definitely The Hotel Continental.
Swap the hokey-cockey for a jazz trio and a chocolat chaud – The Daily Telegraph travel
Change your habits for the New Year and wake up in Aix at The Hotel Cézanne, lunch in Le Passage restaurant, have a walk on the Cours Mirabeau ‘the widest grandest avenue in Provence’ and you will feel truly Gallic.
The world’s tastiest cruises – The Sunday Times
A culinary cruise, I hear you ask? It is possible with European Waterways! You should go to Burgundy, a healthy region when it comes to their cuisine. L’Impressionniste which will be sailing the region’s canals next year on a series of wine-themed cruises: visit the medieval Château du Clos de Vougeot, have private tastings in wine areas, and have a meal at the 12th-century Abbaye de la Bussière.
Shopping – The Sunday Telegraph Stella
Taste the white-chocolate mousse in La Petite Maison in Nice. Without a doubt the best food imaginable!
Blue Velvet – Telegraph Magazine
Do you know the thoroughbred cabaret in Paris The Crazy horse? The club celebrates its 60th anniversary this year; if you like risqué cabarets The Crazy horse is the temple of chic nude.
Secret Address Book – The Times
Liking for some winter sun? Go to Brigitte Bardot’s favourite resort: Hotel La Banane on St Barts in the Caribbean. Sun-guaranteed!
Press Review – Week – 21 to 25 of November
Novotel, Microsoft plans 3120 hotel room – E-Travel Blackboard
Novotel and Microsoft are launching their new project: a (Microsoft) high-tech equipped room in the Montparnasse Vaugirard Novotel. For the moment, room 1320 is only a pop-up room, available for general reservation until mid-February.
Exploring Europe’s Cruise – Daily Mail
The Daily mail is exalting the advantages of river cruises and especially French ones! (We like them too!) The rivers Rhone and Loire are particularly pleasant thanks to their vineyard edges.
Expect the unexpected – Birmingham Post
Jon Perks has been to Mayenne, an unexpected country, often neglected but full of cultural gems.
Heaven on high slopes – The Daily Telegraph
Peter Hardy’s guide to Val d’Isere shows the way to the perfect ski pitch.
Cruise holidays in Tahiti: Explore paradise on five-star dreamboat The Paul Gauguin – Mail Online UK
The French Polynesian Islands are a winter-sun dream-come-true, especially when it’s aboard the Paul Gauguin boat for a heavenly cruise.
Mickey magic: Wide eyes and huge smiles on a festive break to Disneyland Paris – Mail Online UK
Disneyland Paris is truly a magical place to visit during the Christmas period, for the young and young-at-heart.
Out of this world – Overseas Living
Bora Bora is part of French Polynesia and remains an enchanted place thanks to its untouched nature.
Alpine Refinement – Overseas Living
Megève has been awarded the best luxury ski resort by Overseas Living Magazine. They particularly enjoyed the authentic nature and village-charm of this area.