Fantastic fungi and small but mighty museums: 7 things we learned about France in the August 2020 issue of FRANCE Magazine

PUBLISHED: 12:02 02 July 2020 | UPDATED: 12:36 02 July 2020

Get your copy of FRANCE Magazine's August 2020 issue now

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While putting together the new issue of FRANCE Magazine every month, we learn lots of fun and quirky new things about our favourite country

1) France is a mushroom-hunter’s paradise – if you know the best places to look

French pharmacists are even qualified to identify mushrooms to help people forage safely.

Grab a wicker basket and join Heidi Fuller-love on the mushroom hunt on page 62.

Some freshly foraged girolles. Pic: Heidi Fuller-loveSome freshly foraged girolles. Pic: Heidi Fuller-love

2) The Camargue is one of France’s most ancient breeds of horse

They’re looked after by some hard-working French cowboys (and girls), les gardians.

Find out more about these beautiful grey steeds on page 76.

3) There’s an amazing wine museum not far from the Eiffel Tower

In some old limestone quarries you’ll find the Musée du Vin, home to a 2,000-strong collection of wine-related objects.

Get the lowdown on Paris’ best small museums with Brigitte Nicolas on page 27.

The Musee du Vin in Paris. Pic: Marc Bertrand/Paris Tourist OfficeThe Musee du Vin in Paris. Pic: Marc Bertrand/Paris Tourist Office

4) The legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is celebrating a big birthday this year

The Riviera icon has been in business for 150 years in 2020 and is a big hit with the rich and famous – past guests have included Winston Churchill, Pablo Picasso and Cary Grant.

Read more about the hotel’s starry history on page 24.

5) If you want your next French holiday to be in splendid isolation, look no further than this department

Gorgeous Lozère in Occitanie is France’s least populated department and is a glorious place to while away a few days.

See which other departments are among France’s least populated on page 25.

The Gorges du Tarn in Lozere. Pic: clodio/GettyThe Gorges du Tarn in Lozere. Pic: clodio/Getty

6) There’s a fantastic ‘Gingerbread Palace’ in Alsace that we’ve added to our to-visit list

You can take a behind-the-scenes tour at Fortwenger’s Palais du Pain d’Epices and see the gingerbread being made, then buy all sorts of gingerbread creations in the shop.

Discover more of Alsace’s culinary delights with Sophie Gardner-Roberts on page 69.

7) A castle is being built from scratch in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté – and you can visit it!

The Château de Guédelon is being constructed using medieval techniques and with locally sourced materials. It is expected to be finished in 2023.

Explore more of eastern France with Steve Mather on page 38.

So what are you waiting for? The August 2020 issue of FRANCE Magazine is out now: order your copy here.

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