Sports and Nature

Thanks to its geographical position between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, the natural landscape of France is more varied than you'll find anywhere in Europe. From the Pyrenees to the Alps, from Mount Ventoux to the Loire Valley, from the the Canal du Midi to the Canal de Bretagne, from garden walks to country strolls, you'll find numerous opportunities for sporting and other outdoor activities: biking, hiking, skiing, tennis, golf, barging, sailing, waterskiing, horseback riding and more, with many natural discoveries along the way.

Cycling in the Southwest: The Gorges of the Tarn and the Jonte

Walter J. Moore sets out on an 18-day self-guided cycling tour along the Gorges of the Tarn and the Jonte in southwestern France.

The Green Traveler: The Camargue, a View from the Saddle

Exit Provence's lavender charms and enter its cowboy country, horseback riding in the sparsely populated marshland called the Camargue. By Laurence Bry.

Languedoc Trails: When a Dream of a Horseback Ride Turns into a Nightmare

Horseback riding in southwest France with a stunning view of the Pyrenees over their shoulders was a dream come true for Judy and Dave...

The Natural Pleasures of WWOOFing in Europe

In April 2008 Judy and Dave Kashoff temporarily shut down their lives in the Philadelphia suburbs of Bucks County and set off for travels...
Fontaine de Vaucluse. Photo: J.P. Germain, Office de Tourisme Intercommunal du Pays des Sorgues

Cool Runnings: An Aquatic Tour of Provence

Ester Laushway takes to the waters of Provence: the rivers Sorgue, Durance and Verdon.

5 Days in Auvergne: Part II, An Introduction to Spa Towns and Hot Springs...

Part II of an exploration of spa towns, hot springs, Romansque churches, cattle pastures, cheese farms and villages in Auvergne. A brief history of economic developments relative to hot springs, by way of Royat.

Equitation in the French Tradition Joins List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage has inscribed equitation in the French tradition, with specific reference to the Cadre Noir of...

A Little Loop in the Loire Valley: A 2-day Cycling Route from Blois

There are those big biking trips that you spend months preparing. Then there are those short trips that begin with “Hey, it’s going to be nice out this weekend—let’s go biking… in the Loire Valley!” This little Loire loop—three days, two nights, including two days of biking—is of the latter kind. Beginning and ending in Blois...
Joe Wilkins shooting at the BTC de Gonesse

The Borrowed Gun: Sports Shooting in France

Please don’t think that I’m looking to enter the fray of the hot-button topic of gun control in the United States when I tell...

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