Southwest France

Tips and Articles in Southwest France

Sustainability “People want to create spaces that tell their story,” Global Vision Awards jury member David Gensler says. “They want to be direct and inspiring in a complicated world.” These four winners embrace the idea that building and operati...
North America Iconic Hikes Our top picks for tackling some of the most scenic U.S. landscapes. Yosemite National Park, California: On the Yosemite Walking & Hiking tour from Backroads, stroll beneath an 1,800-year-old giant sequoia in the park’...
In Carmel, California, where my parents live—5,800 miles from the Pays Basque in France—there’s a boutique specializing in traditional handwoven Basque table linens. Called Jan de Luz, it’s owned by a glamorous French couple (well, in this snoozy ...
A couple of years ago, François Simon, the influential restaurant critic for Le Figaro, told me that French gastronomy needed a “crisis” in order to reinvent its doddering identity. At the time I barely listened. Who cared about a lot of sauce-str...
Portofino This small fishing port on the Italian Riviera draws the big names—and the big boats—of the beau monde. Getting Around The best beaches are accessible only by sea, but if you won’t be chartering your own yacht, take a half-hour ferry ...
"This is the first year i've seen any Americans in Les Portes," Bernadette Frigière remarked as she watched the morning market unfold on the small square in front of her restaurant, Le Chasse-Marée. Frigière was taking a break, having just prepare...
Where is the end of the earth?Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world?the depths of Antarctica?The frozen islands of Franz Josef Land? How about France? Indeed, there's a still-undiscovered place in my own homeland, a country that has been...
“How will you get your bag out when you reach your destination?” asked a passerby as she volunteered to lug an oversize suitcase for a red-headed woman on the TGV train at Paris’s Montparnasse Station. “I’m going to Lourdes. Perhaps a nice young m...
The concept of haute slumming is at least as old as Marie Antoinette, who escaped the tediousness of life at Versailles for the calico pleasures of playing milkmaid at the Petit Trianon. While I was taking the waters recently at La Ferme Thermale,...
A restaurant opening in France's Dordogne Valley has nothing in common with one in Paris or New York. Instead of a gaggle of reviewers and industry insiders, you're more likely to find a roomful of farmers, bakers, florists, and children. At the d...
For my baby boomer sisters and me, bickering in the back seat of our parents' Cutlass Supreme, the lure of family car trips was not the destination, but the stops — the Hot Dog Johnny's and Howard Johnsons. So a recent trip on the autoroutes of so...
When the French talk about the sea, it’s usually as a melodramatic need—“J’ai besoin de la mer,” “I need the sea”—never simply, “I like the beach.” Normal levels of fetishization do not apply. You think the Italians like the water?Have you met my ...
“I earned my first 50 francs at the Hôtel du Palais, in Biarritz. It was 1975—I was 18 years old and worked in the kitchen; I was in school and needed a job on the side. I never could have imagined that I would end up, some 33 years later, gettin...