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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Les Calanques, Peter Jones

Cassis, Nick Meersman

France’s Fjords

East of Marseille, tall cliffs plunge down to the sea, with craggy inlets here and there. These

calanques are like mini fjords, the grey stone contrasting with the deep blue waters of the

Mediterranean where you see sailboats anchored, their passengers sunning on tiny beaches.

If you’re feeling energetic you can hike to the calanques, but I recommend taking one of the

regular boat rides that depart from the pretty little port town of Cassis, then you can see the

calanques in two hours or less. Be sure to try some seafood at one of the restaurants along

Cassis’s waterfront.

Walk Through

a Rainbow

A century ago, ochre was

mined in Roussillon and

used as pigment in paint.

The ochre quarries are

abandoned now but there’s

a well-marked walking trail

through them. Follow it

and admire the brilliantlycoloured

hillsides—you’ll

see red, purple, orange,

and yellow. The town of

Roussillon is a nice place to

enjoy lunch or coffee, and

all the buildings are painted

in various ochre shades.

Nearby and less crowded is

the Colorado Provençal, with

its own abandoned ochre

quarries that are more rustic

than Roussillon’s but equally

beautiful.

Roussillon

The Good Life France | 75

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