In the June 2016 issue of FRANCE Magazine, we escape to a tiny island off the Brittany coast, uncover fabulous places to stay in Provence and cool off in one France’s amazing swimming pools
Breton island castaway
We venture to the little island of Houat (pronounced ‘wat’) just a few miles off the Quiberon peninsula in southern Brittany for an escape from the stress of urban life. Measuring just 5 kilometres long and 1-and-a-half kilometres wide, the island is a mix of craggy coastline and sweeping sand dunes, with just a few kilometres of road and even fewer vehicles, making it the perfect place to get away from it all.
Where to stay in… Provence
The sun-kissed southeast corner of France is theme of this month’s accommodation feature. From heavenly villas and luxury holes with killer coastal views to charming village boltholes, we reveal the best places to stay in this idyllic part of l’hexagone.
Making a splash
Cool off from the summer heat with a dip in one of the fascinating swimming pools dotted around France. Zoe McIntyre takes a tour of some of the country’s most popular piscines, which range from art-deco showpieces to ultra-modern designs.
Cézanne, Zola & Aix
Ray Kershaw travels to the picturesque Provençal town of Aix to retrace the steps of Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola, two childhood friends who grew up to become giants of French cultural life. From Cézanne’s birthplace in Rue de l’Opéra to the Collège Bourbon where the two men spent six years of their life, Ray Kershaw’s historical tour how this charming market town was an integral part of the two men’s lives.
Plus, our writer Pierre de Villiers traces his family tree back to William the Conqueror, we suss out the best places to see the lavender this summer in Provence and enjoy fine dining in an idyllic corner of Burgundy.
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