It's a once in a lifetime experience - but just don't expect to enjoy it.
One of France's most historic hotels has undergone a $48 million refurbishment.
The all-important harvest is nigh at at Chateau Laplagnotte-Bellevue in Bordeaux.
Keep it quiet, don't eat on the street and smile but stand your ground.
One is classically pretty, the other a World Heritage-listed example of post-war concrete-chic.
Sometimes, you just want all the best cliches, from French onion soup to duck confit, chateaux to grand cru wines.
How do Parisians take to a bunch of Aussies tampering with the classic cafe template?
A portal into absolute charm, France is an ultimate European experience for lovers of food, wine, culture and sophistication. Take a step back and enjoy the warm hospitality of the south; experience the world's beautiful wine country in Bordeaux; get the Mediterranean vibe flowing in Marseille; swim on pebbled beaches in Nice; and enter the "gateway to the European Cascades" in Chamonix.