Travel and Holidays
Make the most of your French holiday – pay less and do more on a visit to France.
By Boris on August 10, 2013
One of the harder aspects of running francethisway involves putting on a pair of sunglasses, turning up the air-conditioning in the car, and whistling along the motorways to visit sun-baked resorts and villages, preferably with loud music on the stereo. I call it work although to an outsider it might not always look like it. […]
By Boris on October 10, 2012
Because both myself and Mrs B spend a significant amount of time travelling around France and staying in what would politely be described as ‘budget’ hotels I think we can describe ourselves as familiar with the French travel experience, as carefully avoided by the rich and prosperous. It’s not that we aren’t rich and prosperous […]
By Boris on August 12, 2012
Everyone looks forward to their annual holiday whether close to home or somewhere exotic – and it is pretty much the responsibility of the destination to make their place seem enticing so word gets out how great they are and also people come back year after year.
By Boris on July 1, 2012
I’ve just been looking at the statistics for France This Way to try and predict where everyone is planning to go for their trip to France this year, so owners of hotels and holiday rentals across the land can either get busy preparing, give up now and choose a different career…or move to a more […]
By Boris on May 29, 2012
In these days of what we politely call the ‘downturn’ every opportunity to find a bargain or save a few pounds (or euros) is always welcome. So I’m going to break a five year habit and tell you about a bargain, although it might look like advertising.
By Boris on May 17, 2012
I have been asked to review a book called ‘Wild Swimming France’. Happily it was a pleasure. Without spoiling the conclusion I can tell you straight away that is going to be an indispensable addition to the books I take with me when I go away, and you should rush out straightaway and buy it […]
By Boris on April 4, 2012
Having just spent a very pleasant week in and around Menton it is clear that some places are lovely at one time of the year – but at other times would be intolerably crowded, a traffic and parking nightmare, or have weather that would keep you inside all week. But lots of people need or […]
By Boris on March 28, 2012
Did you know Menton (near Nice in south east France) claims to have 316 cloudless days a year? Now that is a lot of sunshine. I’ve been here three days now, most of which I have spent staring at the sky in the hope of seeing at least something small and fluffy to prove them […]
By Boris on March 15, 2012
There is something about certain travel quotes that makes them get repeated ad infinitum on gite and holiday rental websites. For example: “It’s like an unspoilt Tuscany or Provence, and I’d better shut up now or I’ll be responsible for spoiling it” was a brief comment describing the Lot-et-Garonne in an article in the Observer […]
By Boris on March 2, 2012
On France This Way we like to offer our visitors the chance to submit comments, reportages and photos – of which we receive hundreds a year, from tourist offices, residents and holidaymakers, and for which we are very grateful. But we always like more, France is a very big place! Here are a few recent […]
By Boris on February 23, 2012
Having recently spent a couple of days in London and last week spent a few days in Rome it reminded me yet again how complicated it is to find flights at the best price, whether you are planning a summer holiday or a weekend getaway. The real question we always want answered is pretty simple […]
By Boris on January 9, 2012
We all know that France has an excellent train system, the TGV, that whistles passengers from city to city at high speed and in great comfort. What you may not realise is that not everywhere in France is on a TGV high speed train line and things don’t always run quite as smoothly as the […]
By Boris on November 4, 2011
What do you think of when people talk about art in France? The Louvre or the Orsay perhaps? Monet and the impressionists or the cave paintings at Lascaux?
By Boris on October 14, 2011
Each summer week when people arrive in the gites we have a few things we try and remember to point out to them – where to park the car, how to use the pool alarm, where we have hidden the towels and so on. We also have a piece of paper which answers lots of […]
By Boris on October 8, 2011
I just managed to squeeze in a few days of exploring before the summer ended – just in time as it turned out, because after endless months of sunshine today has been a wee bit chilly. One of the great things about exploring France is that it is big enough that there is always something […]