Bordeaux, France—A Less-Expensive Alternative to Paris

Bordeaux, France—A Less-Expensive Alternative to Paris

I’m strolling along Bordeaux’s handsome promenade as it curves along the left bank of the Garonne river trying to imagine how the area must have looked before its glamorous makeover some 15 years ago. It’s hard to believe that this bright, tranquil esplanade was once an eyesore of a port, filled with grimy buildings and rusting warehouses...

Early Season Skiing: 5 of Europe’s Best-Value Resorts

Early Season Skiing: 5 of Europe’s Best-Value Resorts

Alpine pines dusted with sugar-snow. Inviting wooden chalets nestled on the mountainside. Noisy cafés filled with brilliantly bedecked skiers. Deep powder. European skiing can be pricy, but hitting the slopes off-season is an excellent way to shave hundreds, if not thousands, off the cost. Thanks to the soaring altitudes of the Alps, you can find snow cover in Europe as early as October, but with accommodation at a fraction of peak-season rates. What’s more, lift passes cost less in early season. Tignes and Val d’Isère charge just $350 for a week (you couldn’t get two days at Vail for that price)...

Where to Winter on The French Riviera From $3,200 a Month

Where to Winter on The French Riviera From $3,200 a Month

I spread my jacket on the smooth grey stones of the beach and rest back on my elbows, gazing at the Mediterranean. The deep blue water glints as if diamonds are scattered beneath its surface. A couple wanders along the shoreline, splashing their bare feet in small waves, and a handful of sunbathers stretches out near me, bikini straps pulled down over their shoulders.

Snow-Capped Mountains and Fairytale Beauty in the French Alps

Snow-Capped Mountains and Fairytale Beauty in the French Alps

The Brothers Grimm themselves could not have dreamed up a more exquisite fairytale town than Annecy. Set in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region in southeastern France, the small medieval town is all cobblestone streets, graceful bridges arching over flower-decked canals, and bustling food markets filled with woven basket-carrying locals.