Normandy: Half-Timbered Houses and Thatched Roofs

There can't be many Americans who are not familiar with the windswept expanse of beaches that cling to the Normandy coastline. The Allied landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944, placed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno...

Top 5 FIlms of Jean-Paul Belmondo

A look back at five of the most memorable films in his prolific career

Malataverne: Domaine du Colombier

The whole world may have discovered the Luberon valley east of Avignon, but the pretty, quiet Drôme Provençale remains the south of France at its most wonderfully confidential. This southernmost area of the Rhône-Alpes...

Marc Levy: France’s Best-Selling Storyteller

His nine novels have been translated into 41 languages, selling some 18 million copies.

Inventing the Riviera

Wealthy and wacky American expatriates came to the Riviera hoping to create their own private Eden.


This year the cheeky puppet Guignol celebrated his 200th birthday-two centuries of tweaking the nose of authority and poking fun at the rich and powerful

A Piece of History Reborn

In its heyday, the magnificent Hôtel Le Provençal was the toast of the Côte d'Azur. The huge hotel's stunning Art Deco architecture, along with its perfect location overlooking the Mediterranean, was a magnet for...

Sanilhac-Sagriès: Le Tracteur

You'll know you've found this real gem of a bistro when you see a red tractor sitting outside of a garage in the peaceful little sun-baked village of Sanilhac-Sagriès, just north of Nîmes and...

The World’s Top Landscape Designers at Chaumont-sur-Loire

For fans of garden design, 2013 is the year to visit France. Not only for the 400th birthday celebrations of André Le Nôtre, the father of the jardin à la français, but also for...

French Women Don’t Date

My aunt, visiting Paris from Idaho, looked proudly at my teenage sons and popped the question. "Now," she said, fixing a gimlet eye on her Franco-American nephews. "Where are your girlfriends?" She was obviously astonished to...