Those lucky Gallic types have got it all, from Western Europe's
highest peak and other spectacular mountains to a sublime
Mediterranean coastline, the incomparable Paris and food and wine
to take on any nations' and win hands down. We could go on, but
it's too painful.
Oh, alright then. We'll start with Paris, l'épicentre of all
things French. Until recently we thought twice about featuring a
city so familiar to so many, but Paris might be the perfect victim
of this era of social media-led information overload. So many
boutique hotels to choose from, so many delicious bistros to
sample, so many opinions on both. As a result, we are starting to
work with a select few hotels that we think are best in show (or at
least best in arrondisement) and we'd like to think our dossier of
places to eat and drink in the city is so up to speed that a
weekend in the City of Lights should be the perfect Big Short Break.
If you're looking to take your French foray further afield,
there's some place called the Cote D'Azur that allegedly has some nice places
to stay and rather attractive coastal scenery. You may have heard
of it. The wider region of Provence with its trademark lavender fields and
honey-coloured stone villages really does come close to God's own
country. Despite what Yorkshiremen might have to say on the
Over in the Alps, bon skiveurs will know all about the classic
French ski resorts of the Trois Vallées, but Chamonix and Val d'Isère certainly give the holy trinity a red run
for their money.
Heading west, the gastronomic heartland of France is not Paris,
but the lovely city of Lyon with its ancient city centre, complete
with mysterious traboules, secret passages dating back to the
Middle Ages. Lyon is also the perfect place from which to strike
out on your luxury holiday and explore the legendary wine regions
of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley.
On the subject of wine, no lover of the grape could ever get
bored with Bordeaux. The city itself is worth a look, built as it
is on the profits of the sale of its most favourite export, but the
wider wine region is just a very special place with the idyllic
town of St Emilion a particular favourite.
Last but by no means least is a French island with Italian
influences, which surely must rate as the most unbeatable of luxury
holiday combinations. Corsica, the island in question, lacks for direct
flights from the UK at present, but in combination with Paris or
when reached by speedy hydrofoil from the Cote D'Azur it's a
More on Luxury Holidays to France...
To wrap up, and if you hadn't guessed by now, we at Original
Travel are completely smitten by all things French (OK, maybe other
than the strikes and Parisian doggie doo-doos), and have spent a
cumulative total of several years eating, drinking, skiing and
sunning our way around the country in order to bring you the best
that la belle France has to offer for your luxury holiday.