A history of fine food & drink
The French…uber-stylish? Indescribably sexy? Rude? Never have more stereotypes been thrown at a nation, but you can scrap that, what makes the French so French is definable by their lifestyle, namely eating, drinking and being fabulously cultured.
If you’re a gluten-intolerant, dairy-free vegetarian, you have our deepest sympathies – bread, cheese and charcuterie form the backbone of any French spread and Provence’s markets, a smorgasbord of local specialities like Camargue salt and saucisson d’Arles, are a sensory feast for any foodie. And then there’s le vin, such a prominent feature of French culture that you can plan an entire itinerary around it, particularly among the never-ending vineyards of the Loire Valley and the Languedoc. Touring the country’s numerous ‘villages perches’, hilltop villages, will open your eyes to an incredible architectural heritage that encompasses features of baroque, renaissance and neoclassic, and art’s your bag head to the Riviera’s Musee Renoir, the evocative former home of Renoir himself.