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Winter 2022

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Discover France’s magical winter wonderland destinations - from the French Alps to the French Riviera. Read about the biggest bûche de Noël, Christmas log cake, in the world and see Paris when it snows. Head to the sweet village of Flavigny in Burgundy where the film Chocolat was filmed and to Rouen, the Ardèche region and Côtes du Rhône. Go gaga for gorgeous Gascony and feel festive at the colourful Christmas market of Metz, Lorraine.Toulouse, feel good films, recipes, guides and giveaways…

Winter

Winter WONDERLAND France Winter in France has charm by the bucketload, from snow-capped mountains perfect for skiers to Christmas markets, and even fun in the sun. Le Grand Bornand © T. Vattard Le Grand-Bornand Mountain high Annecy © Olivier Puthon Haute-Savoie – snowy sojourns Landscapes that look like they are straight from fairy-tale Narnia. And the twinkling lights of enchanting mountain villages in a sea of snow. Horse and carriage rides snuggled under a blanket. Robust and rustic alpine delights like tartiflette and raclette, fondue and Reblochon pie. We’re talking Haute-Savoie in winter. With trains taking from just 3 hours 40 minutes from Paris to Annecy, a mountain break is hard to resist. The city of Annecy, nicknamed the Venice of the Alps for its pretty canals, watery arteries that criss-cross the city, is gorgeous year round. With its winding cobbled streets lined with ancient buildings, nestled on the edge of the translucent turquoise lake Annecy, this is a town to fall head over heels for. And in winter, with an average of 32 days of snowfall, then Annecy really takes on a magical glow. Fabulous restaurants, museums, a great farmers market three times a week, plus a wonderful Christmas market. Winter walks are plentiful around the lake, including the not to be missed Chateau de Menthon. Plus there are superb ski resorts close by - and easy to reach by bus year round with snow-covered roads quickly cleared. Annecy Mountains really is an out and out winter destination extraordinaire… Close to the lovely city of Annecy there are several ski resorts of the Aravis Massif and lots of lovely alpine villages. You can ski the whole of the Aravis ski area on one ski pass - 220km of perfect slopes linked by pistes and ski buses. La Clusaz is a traditional ski town with great restaurants and bars, quirky shops and stunning scenery. Le Grand Bornand, another stunning alpine town is close by and the smaller Manigod is within easy distance by free shuttle bus. Meanwhile the lovely market town of Thones has a fabulous Saturday morning market and excellent gourmet food shops. If you love skiing you’ll find everything you could possibly want here – a wide range of pistes that cater to skiers of all levels and snow sports galore. There are friendly towns and fabulous après ski and even if you’re not a skier there are plenty of activities from snowshoeing to dog sledging and even gokarting on ice. In La Clusaz: This lively ski resort buzzes with bonhomie throughout the winter with shows, concerts and events including Savoyard folk dancing, which all are welcome to join in with, on the main piazza. One of the most beautiful walks in the area is around the glacial lake at the 1450m high Plateau des Confins, Plateau des Glières near Manigod ©Sarah Goudeau 8 | The Good Life France The Good Life France | 9