Paris Paradigm Shift

September 2006 It's a silent revolution. Few people have been paying attention, but it's a profound change: Books are deserting the Left Bank. Every month, it seems, a new bookstore leaves the Latin Quarter and...

24 Hours in Avignon

Where to start1 The main avenue within the walled city, Rue de la République, with its many shops and restaurants, merits an inquisitive stroll. On this street is the Tourism Office, where you can ask for...

Porquerolles

No more than 4.5 by 1.5 miles, Porquerolles is a pebble in the sea off the Riviera coast. Embarking for Porquerolles is a joyful adventure, especially in September or October, when the light from the sky and the sea paints the vineyards red.

Grand Corps Malade

His real name is Fabien Marsaud, but after a life-threatening injury a few years ago, he took the nom de scène Grand Corps Malade and continued to perform, his crutch by his side on...

Portrait

July 2006 What do Ségolène Royal and Édith Cresson have in common? Both members of François Mitterrand's circle, they were sent to conquer elected seats in his native region of Poitou-Charentes southwest of Paris-and succeeded....

Les Champs Libres

Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc has designed one of the most ambitious buildings outside of Paris, the €100 million Champs Libres in Rennes, housing a museum, a library and a science space including...

Grand Action, Action Ecoles, Champo

Grand Action, Action Écoles, Champo Generations of students, cinéma lovers and directors learned about cinéma at these three movie theaters, all located on the same street in the heart of the Quartier Latin. All are...

Great Hotel Bars of Paris

On my most recent visit to Paris, I decided to take a romp through the city's most fabled, fabulous and fascinating hotel bars, for no reason other than to take in the social parade, if you will, and report back. I was, as you can imagine, hardly disappointed.

A Mental Flânerie with David Sedaris

Seven and a half years ago David Sedaris moved to Paris, because, he says, "My boyfriend had a house in Normandy and I wanted to learn French." His best-selling book Me Talk Pretty One...