For something different try Alsace-Lorraine holidays – this fascinating part of France borders Germany and the German influence is clear in the food and architecture of the region. Alsace holidays offer the chance to explore a countryside of magical forests, mountains and lakes and pretty villages of half-timbered houses that put you in mind of a Grimm fairytale. Strasbourg is the capital and is more modern, although there is still a charming medieval quarter to discover. In Lorraine you can spend holidays visiting Roman spa towns, Celtic castles and the city of Nancy, the home of Art Nouveau. Don’t forget to try the local speciality quiche lorraine with a glass of local wine.