Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, Saint-Pierre

Saint Pierre and Miquelon: France Far-off, France Forever

Fog-ridden. Weather-beaten. A treeless outcrop crusted with the spit of the sea. This seems to be the standard first impression of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a tiny cluster of French islands tucked beneath the vastness...

The Top 6 French Coming-of-Age Movies

These coming-of-age films portray succeeding generations of French teenagers.
jewellery craftsman Didier Guillemain

Parisian Walkways: Passage du Grand-Cerf

“Come, lovers of Paris, come to Passage Brady all filled with furs, to Passage du Grand-Cerf dressed in its delicate lace of ironwork, to Passage Sainte-Anne, whose guardian is a cat, to Passage du...
Nice, France

A Flâneur in Old Nice

Whether I turn left or right in Vieux Nice I get lost. No matter that I’ve walked throughout its labyrinthine lanes, browsing the shops and dining at most of the restaurants in this ‘village’ within a city. Its...

The Train Stations of Paris, Reborn

Entering a Paris train station in 1846, you would have been as likely to meet an elegant bourgeois couple in rustling silks as a gun-slinging hunter and his baying hounds setting out for a weekend’s shooting in the countryside, such...

The Santons of Provence: A History

In Provence the holiday season belongs to the colorful world of santons—santous or santoùos in Provençal, “little saints” to the rest of us. A wrinkle, the shining dot of an eye, a graceful pose,...
Le Barbe à Papa, Paris

Parisian Walkways: Rue Condorcet in South Pigalle

South Pigalle is the new go-to neighbourhood of Paris. Endearingly dubbed ‘SoPi’ by the foreign press (though the name has never really caught on with the locals), the area has seen slews of new boutiques, bars and restaurants set up...
Popular Montorgueil Terrace, Le Compas

Parisian Walkways: Rue Montorgueil

Like so many flâneurs before and after him, France’s father of literary realism, Honoré de Balzac, spent a lifetime walking the streets of Paris, drawing inspiration from the cobblestones and the human spectacles he saw played out in boutique windows, street...
Musée de la Vie Romantique

The Secret Museums of Paris

With its striking glass pyramid and corridors packed with goodies from antiquity and classical art, the Louvre will – or should – be familiar to anyone who’s been to Paris. So too will the Musée d’Orsay’s mind-blowing collection of Impressionist...
An Erté 'costume collectif'

From Fashion to Movies: Erté & the History of Art Deco in Paris

The world’s first Art Déco building was the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées built in Paris prior to the First World War. Between the two wars, the style was popularized by designers and artists who used...