One of our favorite getaways from Paris is the charming seaside town of Le Touquet, on the English Channel two hours north by car. Unlike see-and-be-seen seaside French resorts such as Deauville or Saint-Tropez, Le Touquet is a genteel, proudly old-fashioned sort of place with a spectacularly pretty setting.
A Parisian friend once described Ile de Re as being very “Marie-Chantal” (a French equivalent to “preppy,” because the name is popular in well-bred circles), but from an American perspective, we beg to disagree.
Eating exceptionally well is one of the consistent delights of travel, and over the years we have undoubtedly enjoyed more memorable meals in Paris than anywhere else.Paris is still gastronomy’s world HQ.
The ancient region of Languedoc-Roussillon is dominated by craggy, sunburnt mountains and quilted by seemingly endless vineyards, which follow the Mediterranean coastline from the delta of the Rhône to the Spanish border.
Dotted with villages of half-timbered houses and covered by a neat patchwork of hedgerows, the rolling green countryside of Normandy is so beautiful and peaceful that it belies a tumultuous history as some of the most coveted turf in Europe.