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Cool, insider places to shop in Reims

This city of 200,000 – the capital of the Champagne Ardenne region – is a great place to visit. It has beautiful, harmonious but varied 18th century architecture, a cathedral that rivals Paris’s Notre Dame, and easy access to the Champagne houses of the region. On my recent weekend in Reims I also learned there are some great little shops where you find special souvenirs too (particularly the kind you eat and...

Best of Moliets et Maa: Skateboarding in Vieux Boucau

They say you shouldn’t live through your kids but sometimes you just gotta. I’ve always wanted to learn to skateboard but when I was younger I never had the facilities, the mentor, or the chutzpah to get out among a bunch of boys and fall on my, er, face. This deficiency has always caused me regret. Until now. On our recent trip to Moliets et Maa in Aquitaine with Madame Vacances holiday rental company,...

A mother-daughter holiday challenge in Moliets, France

When we visited Moliets et Maa recently, the folks at the holiday company Madame Vacances set my daughter and I some challenges. Our mission, should we choose to accept it: Experience what the area had to offer and with tasks set out for us, see who came out on top. We were staying at Moliets et Maa, a delightful city between Bordeux and Biarritz that has a plethora of activities sure to keep the pickiest of...

Secret delights of Moliets, France, with Madame Vacances

  Moliets et Maa has a problem. The French beach destination is an hour and a half southeast of Bordeaux, and merely an hour north of Biarritz. It has pine forests, beaches, lakes, tennis and golf clubs, and cycle paths. There are enough activities to keep kids happy and exhausted for a week. The problem is that when you tell people you’re going, they invariably say, “Where?” so you have to...

Things to do in Paris with kids: 7 do’s and don’ts

Paris is no secret destination when it comes to travel, whether you are on your own, with a partner or taking the entire family. When I lived in the City of Light in my early 30s, I discovered just how wonderful the city is — not just the headline activities like visiting the Louvre and mooching around Père Lachaise cemetery, but also smaller, less flashy attractions that make the city so wonderful. Here are...

Dining at the new Le George, Four Seasons Paris

For years I’ve wanted to visit the Four Seasons George V in Paris. It’s long been one of the swishest hotels in fashionable Paris and a glamorous place to stay since it opened in 1928. In 1999 the Four Seasons group took it over and built a reputation on excellence, hosting the Madonnas and Mick Jaggers of the world, with Michelin-starred dining and world-renown floral arrangements by creative director Jeff...

iPhoneography: Marqueyssac Gardens in Dordogne

Whenever we visit gardens, either in the UK or on our travels, we undergo a transformation. Instead of buzzing round the joint like caffeinated American tourists on the souvenir warpath (not always our MO but it has been known to happen), we find ourselves lingering at contemplative vistas, exploring all the paths and grottoes, talking about plants for God’s sake. A while back on a trip to the Dordogne, we...

Disneyland Paris’s 20th anniversary celebrations: my top tips

Jenography is never known to miss a party, and Disneyland Paris’s kickoff of its 20th anniversary celebrations were no exception. My daughter and I were among a contingent of bloggers and journalists to the launch of the park’s year-long celebrations, which feature a gussied up Main Street, a new parade and a dazzling evening light and fireworks show. When Disneyland Paris opened in France 20 years ago, there were...

Family travel review: Four Seasons Provence, France

Recently we visited the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche to check out its new kids’ club. The resort is known for its highly rated golf course, which is home to an advanced golf training center. And its convenient for Brits – our journey from South London via an EasyJet Heathrow flight was four hours door to door. But can a high-end resort like this set in such romantic surroundings –...

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