Sunshine, Sea & Ski

A profound dislike of the cold and a yearning for long, sun-drenched days brought Louise Sayers to the Pyrénées-Orientales region of France five years ago. With their car packed to the roof with belongings, Louise...

Quel Cassoulet!

Cassoulet is the stuff of legend.

Discovering the Drôme

I'm not the biggest fan of nougat — the sickly-sweet, nutty confection invented in the 17th century in the south of France. So it's hardly surprising that I had never heard of Montélimar, the...

The Paris of Victor Hugo

Treading in the footsteps of France's most published author...

My Life in Provence: Aquae Sextia vs Massalia

The Aix-Marseille rivalry goes back a mere two millennia.

Nice: Boscolo Exedra Nice

Behind its meticulously restored ornate facade, designed by Belle-Epoque architect Charles Dalmas in 1913, the former Hôtel Atlantique on Nice's main residential boulevard has been completely renovated and transformed into the Boscolo Exedra Nice....

A Fairytale Christmas at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Just 35 miles southeast of Paris, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a masterpiece of 17th century architecture and garden design, itself the original model for the Palace of Versailles. The story has gone down...

Pang and Ch’tis

We are exploring PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), our new neighborhood, and I discover that les Provençaux speak French so you can understand them! They even pronounce all the letters, including some that aren't in the...

Undiscovered Auvergne

It's a surprise that the Auvergne region in central France is still largely undiscovered.

L’Esprit Parisien

I just saw a pub (magazine ad) in Figaro Madame selling "l'esprit parisien." Quoi? Depending on context, l'esprit parisien-the essence of Paris-can mean three different things: mentality, style or witty repartee (that's repartie in...