British friends with houses nearby, as well as French neighbours, often turn up. It's our weekly venue for the exchange of gossip. If I'm on my own, I settle in with Le Journal du Dimanche and a coffee or beer. It's vital to get to the bakery before it closes at 12.30pm. The market shuts soon after, usually by 1pm, when the traders slowly pack up and head home for lunch. I drive back to the highway, where the Restaurant Les Granons' wood-fired oven turns out the best pizza in the Luberon. … [Read more...] about My France: Charles Glass on the Sunday market at Reillanne
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Undersea action is my main reason for coming back to Collioure, usually in spring or autumn when there are fewer crowds. Wade in from the pebbly beach and your mask reveals a veritable bouillabaisse of sealife. Edible-sized mullet, sea bream and various stripey local characters cruise around you as if you were one of them. I've even seen octopuses lurking among the rocks. … [Read more...] about My France: Stephen Clarke on Collioure
It's an island of dunes and salt-marshes, crisscrossed with little canals that make it a haven for bird life. The beaches are long and sandy, lined with tamarisks, blue thistles, dune pinks and rabbit-tail grass. The houses are typically whitewashed, with red terracotta roofs and hollyhocks. The principal town is Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, home to a castle and the remains of the monastery from which the island takes its name, but much of the rest of the island is made up of small communities, living from tourism as well as fishing, farming and the cultivation of salt. … [Read more...] about My France: Joanne Harris on Noirmoutier Island
• Fly to Nîmes (two hours' drive from Largentière) from Luton or Liverpool from £62 return with Ryanair or take a train from London to Avignon (seven hours direct) from £109 return through Rail Europe . Les Marroniers , 3km away near La Prade, has a gîte sleeping six from €320 a week, B&B doubles from €43, plus camping pitches and mobile homes … [Read more...] about My France: Richard Davenport-Hines on Largentière, Ardèche
There were 74 flood warnings and 150 alerts in place yesterday and more heavy rain is expected across most of Wales and the North of England tomorrow, with experts saying flooding and power cuts are likely. … [Read more...] about UK has given £8million of flood aid to India, China & Brazil – so why are deluge-hit Brits being forsaken?