5 Beautiful Stops on the Canal du Midi Cruise: Boating Holidays

If you're thinking of experiencing the Canal du Midi, but don't know what to see or do along the way, take a look at our list of 5 stops you must make on your...

Attention All Bike and Wine Lovers: 10% off Cruising and Cycling with France Today

Cruising and cycling in France As far as holiday destinations go it doesn’t get any better than the Bordeaux and Champagne regions of France. Lovers of fine wine and cycling can easily combine their passions...

Frantz: François Ozon’s Latest Film to Feature at Sundance Festival

Acclaimed director François Ozon (Potiche, Swimming Pool, 8 Women) heads into new territory yet again with this largely black and white, loose adaptation of Enrst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby. In a small German town...
Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid

Vermeer at the Louvre: Dispelling the Myth of the “Sphinx of Delft”

Johannes Vermeer produced a relatively limited number of paintings, which only goes to make them all the more precious. He took great care and painstakingly laboured on each minute detail, sometimes driving his patrons to distraction. Vermeer also favoured...
Shoppers in the Galerie Véro-Dodat

Parisian Walkways: Galerie Véro-Dodat, An Historic Covered Passage

The passage couvert, these glass-roofed shopping arcades which flourished in early 19th-century Paris, owed their success in part to a promise inherent in their architecture – the capacity to transport their visitors to another place. In the 1800s, a passage...

French Film Reviews: Staying Vertical, Directed by Alain Guiraudie

Director Alain Guiraudie’s follow-up to his superb thriller Stranger by the Lake caused a buzz at Cannes last year, not least because of the unflinching close-ups of nether regions in eye-popping childbirth and sex scenes. Controversy aside, it’s an unsettling, ideas-and-symbolism-packed...

French Film Reviews: Up for Love, Starring Jean Dujardin

Artist star Jean Dujardin owns one of the smarmiest grins in French cinema, and his character in this mainstream rom-com uses it to full effect. He plays Alexandre, a wealthy and successful man of limited stature (digitally completed in post-production) out...

A Weekend’s Punting and Pampering in Brière

Vast, ominous clouds linger stubbornly in the sky, but Valentin, the hulking, tattooed captain aboard our chaland (a flat-bottomed, wooden boat) keeps his sunglasses on as he guides us through the picturesque Brière wetlands. Exploring a labyrinth of sprawling marshes...

Book Reviews: Chanel, The Enigma

This is a really unusual book. As its preface explains, there have been many, many treatises written about Coco Chanel, her upbringing, her inspirations, her work. The author, Isabelle Fiemeyer, believes many writers have made unfounded...

Boutique Beat: Handmade Luxury Goods in Paris

Ever since Louis XIV organised artisans – from perfumers to saddlers – in guilds to serve his gargantuan palace, France has been a world leader in the design and production of handmade luxury goods. Now that France’s global behemoth brands (you...