Creche course: a family skiing holiday in France

With round-the-clock childcare on hand in the quiet, family-friendly village of Ardent, mum and dad get to snowboard some of the best slopes in the French Alps while the kids are entertained back at base

Villaroger, Les Arcs’ poor relation, set to reinvent itself as ‘green resort’

Referred to as ‘the dark side’ by locals for its north-facing slopes and lack of bright lights, the village of Villaroger wants to raise its game without becoming brash

Smoke on the water: a boating holiday adventure in France

On a family break along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, Emma Cook and Co are out of their comfort zone, especially when their new boat breaks down. Still, there’s always Strasbourg to savour

Why electric bikes are making France’s Vercors Massif even more fun

Mountain bikes with batteries may not look hip but they bring wondrous landscapes within reach of many, and this region next to Grenoble is a great place to try them

French (almost) without tears: a summer school break in France

Just when you thought school was out … mum books a holiday with language lessons, in Morzine, and signs up for classes, too

‘Burgundy is pastoral, like a Constable painting – I love it’: actor Lambert Wilson

The star of the new Cousteau film, The Odyssey, loves the area’s food and waterways. Its chateaux and abbeys are worth a look, too!

Not horsing around: donkey trekking in rural France

Accidental detours are embraced on a family break amid the Lot valley’s forests, abbeys and wildlife – all in the company of Lulu, their trusted donkey companion