Issue 191 (October/November 2022)

Horticultural wonders and striking architectural marvels abound for our guide to the best castles of the Loire. We enjoy a stop-off stay in one of France’s best-loved ports, La Rochelle, as part of a road trip from Nantes to Bordeaux, plus there’s a guide to hiking the backroads and gorgeous villages of Alsace. Explore the Paris skyline with its rooftop bars and unmissable views, marvel at Fontvraud’s stunning abbey, hit the Pyrénées gem Luchon, find your ultimate winter break and best Christmas market, and learn how Champagne producers are facing an uncertain future over climate change. All this plus your favourite regulars: language learning pages, best reader photos, prize crossword, What’s on Guide, restaurant reviews and much more.