Rue Cardinale, mazarin Quarter, Aix-en-Provence

Slowing the Pace of Life in Aix-en-Provence

We all love the fact that life in Aix-en-Provence is lived at a slower pace, but this doesn’t always happen because of a conscious lifestyle choice. It often is a consequence of this medieval...
Village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the Dordogne

Dordogne Travels: The Lure of Périgord

La Dordogne: an ancient realm where dark rivers sweep under limestone cliffs and medieval hilltop villages emerge from lush dense forest; where a cornucopia of local produce has created a rich and abundant gastronomic heritage; where the extraordinary legacy of...

The Riviera’s Gardens and Parks: Best Botanical Sites on the Mediterranean Coast

The French Riviera is a garden-lover’s paradise, a sun-soaked horticultural heaven lined on its southern edge by the twinkling Mediterranean. From Antibes to Cagnes-sur-Mer, Gourdon to Grasse and Nice to Beaulieu there are some 80 gardens and parks open to...

The Top 6 French Coming-of-Age Movies

These coming-of-age films portray succeeding generations of French teenagers.

Visit Le Paraïs, the Provençal Home of Famous French Writer Jean Giono

Le Paraïs, the home of writer Jean Giono in Manosque, is open only on Friday afternoons and only by appointment. Don’t let this deter you, for this is both a Provençal haven and a...

How Monet’s Garden Grew

Dazzling drifts of color greet the eye in the flower garden that Monet called Le Clos Normand.
Chateau du Rivau

Château du Rivau: A Gem Amongst the Loire Valley Castles

Planning a trip to the magnificent Loire Valley? Just two hours southwest of Paris, the "Valley of Kings"-- a UNESCO World Heritage site-- boasts stunning castles along the mighty Loire river. Avoid the tourist...
The English-style Jardin Lecoque

Travel to Clermont-Ferrand: Gateway to the Auvergne

Ask a Parisienne what she knows about Clermont-Ferrand, and her first response might be, “Well, of course I haven’t actually been there.” Then she might wrinkle her nose. “But isn’t it rather… industrial?” The impression seems confirmed on the...
Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Travel in Normandy: Treasures of the Seine Valley

When you think of Normandy, do you think of the D-Day landing beaches and Mont Saint Michel? Or perhaps Rouen’s gothic cathedral, the Bayeux tapestry, Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny and the picturesque port...

Maeght: A Family Affair

With the arrival of a new director last summer, a fresh breeze is blowing through the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.