Year after year France retains its title of the world’s most visited holiday destination. With some of the most delicious food and drink, fascinating culture and history, buzzing urban centres and scenic villages and countryside, this should come as no great surprise to anyone.
No matter what your passion, be it food, art, wine, or the great outdoors – think cycling in the sunshine alongside a tumbling tree-lined river – France has something for every visitor. Here to enjoy are just three of the destinations which feature in the 2019 FRANCE Calendar, brought to you by Archant’s FRANCE Magazine. CHÂTEAU DE MESNIL-GLAISE, ORNE, NORMANDY
This 19th-century neo-renaissance château is built high up on a dramatic cliff, overlooking the banks of the River Orne, in the town of Batilly in the Suisse-normande area of Normandy. It makes for an impressive sight, particularly when seasonal mists show off the autumn colours of the surrounding woodlands to their best advantage. The dramatic rocky scenery of this part of Suissenormande is a startling contrast to the more undulating bucolic greenery of the nearby department of Calvados, and is a popular destination for walkers and climbers, as well as canoeists looking to explore the River Orne.
A popular stop on the pilgrimage route from Le Puy-en-velay to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Conques is an attractive village of timber-framed buildings and twisting paths, festooned with flowers and foliage. It sits in the wonderfully rural department of Aveyron, at the confluence of two rivers – the Dourdou de Conques and the Ouche. One of France’s famous Plus Beaux Villages, Conques welcomes visitors to wander its streets – perhaps following the scallop shells of the Camino - and explore its charms, from artisanal craft shops, to the 12th-century abbey church and of course plenty of cafés and restaurants to while away the hours in. Enjoy the beauty of France every day with the FRANCE Calendar 2019. Featuring 14 beautiful glossy photographs, including the images shown here, the FRANCE Calendar 2019 is the perfect gift for family and friends - or even yourself. A single calendar costs £11.99, but if you order 4 or more they are only £8.99 each. To order visit www.subsave.co.uk/fclf9 or call 01858 438 840 and quote code LFCLIFE9 T&CS: *Price £11.99 per calendar. £8.99 is the price per calendar when you order 4 or more. Two calendars will cost £10.99 each, three calendars will cost £9.99 each. Prices include free P&P to any UK address. Overseas addresses will incur additional charges. For postage to Europe please add £2.00 per calendar and to the rest of the world please add £3.50 per calendar. Each calendar comes in a protective envelope.