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In the February 2017 issue of FRANCE Magazine, we take to two wheels to explore the River Rhône, discover the changing face of Bordeaux, go skiing without the crowds in the Haute-Alpes village of Montgenèvre, and uncover the secrets of l’amour French style

Rhône roaming

The River Rhône flows for more than 800 kilometres from Switzerland to the Mediterranean, and offers plenty for the cycle traveller. Veteran explorer Mark Stratton takes to his bicycle to discover the delights of this cycle route; he scratches the surface of the Western Roman Empire in Vienne, stops to watch a re-enactment in Pérouges in tribute to the Marquis de Lafayette, and passes by fields of sunflowers and lavender in full bloom in sunny Provence.

A weekend in Bordeaux

FRANCE Magazine editor Lara Dunn heads to wine capital Bordeaux, which was recently voted number one city in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, for a weekend of education in the ways of the grape. Her three-day visit saw her spend time touring the châteaux and vineyards of French wine magnate Bernard Magrez for insight into the luxurious side of this ever-popular city before stopping off at the recently opened Cité du Vin. A keen cyclist, Lara rounded off her trip with a tour on two wheels through the 18th-century centre.

Where to stay for… golf enthusiasts

This month we bring you places to stay that are within easy reach of a golf course. Whether you want to stay in a quaint chambre d’hôte in the Normandy countryside, or fancy a night or two at a plush spa hotel which boasts its very own golf resort on Lake Geneva, we show you the best places to score a hole in one.

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Ski sans frontières

Mountain lover and former ski holiday rep Kate Pettifer returns to the alpine village of Montgenèvre where she shows us there is something for every type of skier. Tucked away on the border with Italy, this rather uncrowded ski village is a hit with families, with its tobogganing area, ice rink and quieter après-ski scene; while its compact size makes it all within walking distance, perfect for junior skiers.

Plus, we go on a road trip along the Côte de Lumière in the Vendée, dine out at some great restaurants in Caen and learn what it takes to be a mountain chalet host.

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