Creche course: a family skiing holiday in France

Ardent map “The poor things!” he bleats. “Will they be OK?” It doesn’t matter how desperately you need a break as a parent – and I really do, nine months after having my second baby – there is still a certain amount of soul-searching and guilt-suppression when putting your little kids into childcare on holiday. […]

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Ground Control calling: the new Paris arts and food hub

Paris holidays Its terrace is already a cool foodies’ favourite but the former rail depot turned theatre and music venue aims to attract the local community, too  Station to station … Paris’ Ground Control was previously a warehouse for rail company SNCF now it is filled with boutiques, bars and food stalls A tiny sign […]

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10 of the best early summer breaks in France: readers’ tips

Winning tip: Cassis, near Marseilles Cassis, around an hour’s drive from Marseille, is a tiny port town famous for its salty rosé (not to be confused with blackcurrant liqueur crème de cassis, from Burgundy) and herb-scented whites. We had the delight of a vineyard tour at Clos Saint Magdeleine, where the family greeted us like […]

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A local’s guide to Nice, France: 10 top tips

Nice is booming, despite and in defiance of the terrorist attack that shattered the Bastille Day celebrations here less than two years ago. Irina Brook, daughter of legendary director Peter Brook, who runs the prestigious Théâtre National de Nice, reveals her favourite art venues, restaurants and bars. Le 109 Saved from demolition at the last […]

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