FRANCE Magazine February 2021 UK: 7 things we learned about France in our new issue

The February 2021 issue of FRANCE Magazine is out now

The February 2021 issue of FRANCE Magazine is out now - Credit: Archant

From a Martian-esque lake to magnificent urban gardens, here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll discover about France in our new UK issue

Pretty Le Palais in Brittany. Pic: Alison Hughes

Pretty Le Palais in Brittany. Pic: Alison Hughes - Credit: Archant

1) A group of Acadian refugees came to the Breton island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in the 18th century

78 Acadian families sought refuge on the island in 1765 and some of their descendants still live there today.

Alison Hughes follows in the Acadians’ footsteps in a trip to Belle-Île.

The Lac du Salagou. Pic: Georges Souche

The Lac du Salagou. Pic: Georges Souche - Credit: Archant

2) You may not have heard of the village of Sallertaine in Vendée, but it’s well worth a visit

From its many artisans to its historic churches, this Vendéen destination makes a nice little day trip inland from the region’s beautiful beaches.

Take a stroll in Sallertaine with Sandra Haurant.

Some of Brigitte's French treats from her cooking class. Pic: Brigitte Nicolas

Some of Brigitte's French treats from her cooking class. Pic: Brigitte Nicolas - Credit: Archant

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3) There’s a Martian-esque lake in the south of France

The rust-red slopes that surround the Lac du Salagou seem almost otherworldly!

Discover this fascinating spot in Hérault with Stephen Turnbull.

4) Forget the Alps next time you go skiing – the Pyrenees offers all the variety you need, plus a change of scene

From Peyragudes, setting of Tomorrow Never Dies, to Grand Tourmalet, an off-piste skiing dream, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the Pyrenean resorts.

Local expert Catherine Cooper takes you on a tour.

5) You don’t need to go all the way to France for a fab French cookery class

With the power of Zoom, Cook’n With Class are offering popular French baking workshops online.

Brigitte Nicolas puts on her toque for two days of French cake-making.

6) France’s urban greenery is making its mark on cities across the country

Visit the hanging gardens that are brightening French cityscapes from Paris to Provence.

Enjoy the work of France’s green-thumbed designers with Robin Gauldie.

7) For your next French road trip, consider following the River Doubs

Stop off at Dole, Arc-et-Senans and Besançon en route for a trip to remember.

Follow Lara Dunn as she drives through the bucolic eastern countryside.

So what are you waiting for? The February 2021 issue of FRANCE Magazine is out now: order your copy here.

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