This week saw 139 articles about France. Here is a selection of some articles which appeared in national publications from 31st December to 6th January.
As you can see the main focus for this week was “travel ideas for 2013”, which generated numerous articles.
52 weekends – The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times editorial board selects a “perfect break” for every 2013 weekend. They suggest two weekend breaks in France. The first should be a one-day walking marathon in Paris. With your map visit the French capital by yourself to discover your own Paris. The second weekend is a rustic lunch in Le Wast next to Calais. At the Hostellerie des Tourelles, you can taste French specialities like a magret de canard or a pave de biche.
Inspiration for perspiration in 2013 – Independent on Sunday
Aaron Miller selects the best holiday for an active 2013. Among various activities across the world, France is represented by an eight-day tour organised by KE Adventures. This tour is based in Luchon, in the heart of the Pyrenees. The main activity is walking with snowshoes, from easy forest trails to steeper mountain slopes.
New Year, new ideas – Daily Express
The Daily Express come up with a “what’s on and where in the world” in 2013 guide. France is represented by Marseilles, the 2013 European Capital of Culture. For this occasion, the whole of the Vieux-Port has been revamped and Marseilles celebrates its Mediterranean history with the brand new MUCEM museum. Eurostar will also open a new route from London to Aix-en-Provence for summer 2013.
Country living – The Guardian
Garri Rayner selects the best bargain breaks in the countryside for 2013. You can find two French destinations in this guide. First, he suggests you go to Au Bon Accueil, a charming B&B, borrow a bike and ride along the Normandy coastline. You should also visit the famous UNESCO site: the Mont Saint-Michelin.
Dordogne 2013 – Telegraph Travel
Nicola Williams went to the Dordogne and made a six-page guide to spend the best holiday there. She gives the best things to visit like The Grotte de Lascaux or Perigueux, the Dordogne capital. She helps you to organise your next trip to Dordogne by suggesting the best accommodation and restaurants.
Meribel – The Sunday Telegraph
Sophie Butler went to Meribel to bring you “an insider’s guide to the most central resort in the Trois Vallees”. Her guide brings together all the relevant information for a new comer in Meribel. You can find a selection of the best activities, ski schools, accommodation, restaurants and après-ski for the best holiday possible in the world’s biggest ski area.
The inspiration behind Les Mis – Sunday Express
Tina Ediss describes the cities which inspired Victor Hugo in 1837 when he wrote Les Miserables. The first city is Montreuil-sur-Mer located on the Nord-Pas-de-Calais seaside. This little historic village is now known for its Les Miserables Son et Lumiere Festival each summer, and its medieval ramparts that circle the town. She visited Paris and the legendary Marais district where all the main action of the novel takes place.
Tree chic – Daily Mirror
Amber Morales went to a campsite just outside Paris in Maison Lafitte. The characteristics of the campsite are its treehouses in the heart of Keycamp’s International Holiday Park. This type of chalet was “so much fun”. With her children, they even thought they were Tarzan and Jane in the tree house. The campsite has a swimming pool where the children swam.
50 breaks for body and soul – The Times
Caroline Slyger Jones selected the top 50 of the best wellbeing holidays. France is represented by a fitness week called LUXLife. The LUXLife camp is based at a private house on the Riviera. This luxury fitness week will mix classic activities like yoga or healthy cooking, with more quirky ones like paddling in a gorge or lake and river swimming.