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...

Marc Levy: France’s Best-Selling Storyteller

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

A French Christmas

Christmas in France means turkey, oysters, foie gras, game dishes, gingerbread and spicy vin chaud.

Pack a Paris Picnic

The other day, while soaking up the breathtaking view over the Parc Montsouris from the vantage point of my balcony, I noticed a bunch of friends settled on the lawn enjoying a Manet-style picnic....

Carcassonne: Close to the Citadel

Dominating the surrounding countryside for miles around, the citadel seems to rise out of the vineyards like an apparition from a fairy tale.

Top 5 FIlms of Jean-Paul Belmondo

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

Chef Thierry Marx Opens École de Boulangerie in Paris

Thierry Marx, the king of molecular gastronomy and judge on Top Chef France, has opened an école de boulangerie in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. What’s so extraordinary about this baking school is its...

How to Celebrate Hanukkah/Hanoucca in France

Hanukah, Hanukkah, Chanukah, even Hannouca (a variation en français)—there seems to be no best way to transliterate the name of the Jewish eight-day celebration that begins tomorrow. The holiday commemorates the miracle of the...

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...

Very French Chocolate Macaroons

Filled chocolate macaroons remind me of Paris and those elegant gilt and marbled salons de thé. They are best eaten the next day (if you can wait) as the chocolate becomes more intensely flavoured and...