Although Serge Gainsbourg is something of a cultural icon in his native France, most people in Britain will know him for the record he made with Jane Birkin, Je t’aime…moi non plus. Her heavy breathing scandalised the country when it was released in 1969 and the BBC banned it. That didn’t stop it topping the […]
Samoëns is a picturesque “ville fleurie” in the Haute-Savoie region in south-eastern France. It sits in the Vallée du Giffre, in the French Alps, and is only an hour by car from Geneva. Long a winter skiing destination, it’s also great in the summer – on offer is everything from river rafting to paragliding… Mountain […]
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Ecrins National Park is about a 90 minute drive east of Grenoble. It’s the largest National Park in France and features some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in the Alps. Perhaps because of that, it remains relatively unknown, its paths less travelled than those famous trails further north around Mont Blanc. One of […]
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Rupert Parker cruises down the Dordogne River and up the Gironde, stopping off to cycle around the Bordeaux wine regions. There’s the added bonus of popping into Chateaux and sampling famous wines like Margaux, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Saint-Émilion. The transfer from Bordeaux airport is less than an hour and I join the boat at […]
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The long-distance cycling route, EuroVelo 6, runs 3,653 km from the Black Sea to the Atlantic, following the course of Europe’s major rivers. Rupert Parker gets on his bike and tries a short stretch along the Saône through Southern Burgundy. EuroVelo 6 from Dole As I’m setting out, the lady from the B&B Maison Curie […]