MFCH in 2020: Where We Went

by ally redmond
french garden at sunset

I think we can all agree that it has been quite the year… While the world has remained largely at a standstill, here at MFCH, we’ve been more passionate than ever about bringing as much of France to you as possible.

This year, we traversed the country — from the soft, sandy shores of Cap Ferret to the luxuriously snow-capped mountains of Les Trois Vallées. For those of you that have been along for the ride, see where we’ve taken you. And those of you who have just joined – welcome!


We kicked off 2020 with an issue dedicated to the City of Light. Our Paris guide was a hit list of where to eat and sleep as well as all the best things to do. We tried our hand at making croissants with a masterclass and recipe from the World’s Best Pâtissier, Cédric Grolet, and also visited a giant country home in the heart of the city.

parisian door and flower market

Our March/April issue 20 was dedicated to all things châteaux. And where better to discover this than the Loire Valley? We shared all the must-visit castles, restaurants, hotels and other spots to hit when you’re in the area. We also saw inside a dream château renovation, toured Europe’s largest iris farm, made some delicious egg recipes and more.

dining table in chateau

For May/June, we escaped to Normandy. As always, we gave up our best tips for where to stay and what to do. We also had a look at some extra-special interiors, from a rustic lakeside cabin to a contemporary weekend home by the sea. On the table, Franck Schmitt treated us to recipes for the region’s most delectable dishes. To top it all off, we took a tour of our Editor-in-Chief Sharon Santoni’s summer garden at her country home (the one that inspired it all!).

french country garden

For our July/August 20 issue, we offered you the best of summer in France – from the city streets of Bordeaux, to the sandy shores of Cap Ferret. Our cover star was the incredible Le Mas de Poiriers, an 18th-century farmhouse in idyllic Provence, and chef and stylist Elise Dumas whipped us up some fresh summer dishes with the ever-versatile courgette (“zucchini”). We also took a colorful trip to the beautiful, happy island community of Ile de Ré off the Brittany coast.

courgette salad

For our fall edition, we headed to Lyon, treating you to a full city guide, local recipes and tips on where to buy antiques at the city’s best flea market. We toured two breathtaking French gardens  – Jardins du château de Veyrignac and Les Jardins de Castillon – to embrace the seasonal colors, and we paid a visit to a château renovation that excelled in the modern rustic trend.

french garden at sunset

And, for our final issue of 2020 – our beloved holiday issue – we brought you tons of festive French style. We taught you how to create a timeless chalet aesthetic, how to dress a holiday tablescape for a Baroque feast and showed you the Louvre as you’ve never seen it before (empty!). Plus, a chock-filled guide to Europe’s most exciting skiing destination – Les Trois Vallées.

holiday tablescape with wine

Thank you to our loyal subscribers, and we are excited to continue to bring you the best of France in 2021 and beyond!

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