The Lot is a part of France that has not yet been 'discovered'. This is rural France at its best.
Local transport in villages is geared to the needs of locals rather than visitors.
Bordeaux is more about soaking up ambience than specific sights, and needn't cost a centime.
Guy Wilkinson finds the fare of central France is far from middling.
This fragrant pocket on the Côte d'Azur is only a short sniff from Nice and Cannes, writes Keith Austin.
However you like your hotels, the upcoming year is sure to please, with architectural acrobatics, spectacular renovations and innovative technologies colluding to produce some fantastic new accommodation offerings.
We'd like to divide our six nights in Europe between two cities, with a rail trip in between.
If you can get past the aggressive aroma of stale urine mixed with sweet spices and pork fat of this ancient French snag, you'll be hooked for ever more.