Before retiring to your potting shed for winter, what tasks should you be undertaking to get your garden ready for next year?

Autumn is a favourite time of year for many with its clear crisp air and stunning colours. The heat of summer is over, but our days are still…


Forget caviar and even truffles — the world’s most precious food item turns out to be saffron, surprising quantities of which are produced right here in south west France…

The humble crocus, a close relative of the iris family, has become a familiar sight to gardeners, who will tell you…


Language aficionado Emma-Jane Lee’s regular foray into the wonderful world of French expressions…

If you are making your way to the ski slopes this winter, hopefully you will not be doing a lot of falling down. Your cries may fall on deaf ears if you have fallen by the wayside…


We head for a quiet stretch of the Atlantic coast, where the Marais Poitevin meets the Vendée, for a gentle out-of-season amble…

Sunset stroll, Pointe de l’Aiguillon © Roger Moss / Living Magazine

Discovering new and interesting areas is a pleasure at any time of the year, but particularly so out of season, when a change of scenery sounds even more…


Cloud-free winter skies call us back into the garden, but what exactly should we be doing over winter?

Crisp, frosty mornings, clear air and blue skies tell us when we are well and truly into winter and the dormant season is upon us. …


Less famous than Cognac found just downstream, Angoulême is a destination well worth including on your itinerary. Packed with history and home to France’s adored comic strips we show you what not to miss…

Over three thousand years after it was first settled by man, Angoulême still presents a striking…


Language aficionado Emma-Jane Lee’s regular foray into the wonderful world of French expressions…

By Lorelyn Medina

If we were to take certain French expressions with faire literally, we might make vinegar, make a tobacconist’s shop or do work in a wig. And English can be just as complicated. You just might not be…


A casual glance at the map shows an intriguing location at the mouth of the Gironde, the southernmost point before true coastline gives way to western Europe’s largest estuary. On the ground, however, things are a lot more clear cut. The Atlantic makes its presence felt in the vast expanses…


However appealing we might now find it, the way a place looks can actually owe as much to solid, down-to-earth practicalities as to any aesthetic considerations.

Exuberant stonework artistry in Rochefort (17) © Roger Moss / Living Magazine

As any architect will tell you, rural architecture is likely to change perceptibly with every 30km you travel, which goes some way to explaining…


Appearances, as we know, can be deceptive. From the outside the official home of definitive spoken French might come across as just one more big, high-energy French city. …

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