48 hours in Strasbourg – The Independent Travel
France’s seventh largest city has a lot of assets, cultural as well as gastronomic. In 48 hours, you will be able to have several perspectives of the city while alternating panoramas, Gothic churches, cultural afternoons in the museums and walking in the Parc de l’Orangerie.
In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh – The Mail on Sunday
Not far from the Mediterranean coast, in Provence, sits Arles, a city where van Gogh lived at the end of his life. The tourist information office publishes a guide of where to see prints of van Gogh’s paintings around the city. Many of the places in the paintings are still very recognisable today. You can also visit van Gogh’s haven, a former medieval monastery next to Arles.
What about spending the summer in the Alps? – The Times Weekend
The Alps are not only for skiing. Actually, when the ski season is over, peace and quiet come with cheaper prices. For those who like mountain biking or strolls, gastronomy and peaceful places for a picnic, the Alps in summer are the place to go.
The best short breaks by train – The Times Weekend
Seeing Europe by rail has become much easier with high-speed trains. Whether it is Dijon and its beautiful medieval centre, Marseille and its gastronomy or Tours and the fabulous châteaux de la Loire Valley, everything is at a price you can afford.
A shelter in the Basque country – The Sunday Times Travel
If you like vast beaches, beautiful mountain views, treks or mountain pursuits such as rafting, you are invited to come and see the Basque country in the south of Aquitaine. Country restaurants will offer you the famous gâteau basque and you will be spoilt for choice between numerous pleasant villas and hotels. And don’t forget to look out for pelota games!
Le Mans, a medieval city more than just an annual car race – The Sunday Telegraph
Le Mans does not only mean the 24-hour car race. It is also worth seeing the city for its centre with its cobbled streets and its 15th-century houses. An open garden event takes place in Le Mans in early October and the city holds the Europe Jazz Festival.
A cruise through the heart of Provence – Daily Express
What with Viviers and its 12th-century Cathédrale Saint-Vincent, Arles and its Roman amphitheatre, Avignon and the Roman town of Vienne, river cruising on the Rhône through Provence is like a journey through time.
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