My Home is My Castle: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Outside Paris

When an eerie bell rang, I put my champagne glass down and walked along the moat of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte toward the sound. The sun had just set, wisps of light still lingering, and thousands of candles...

Book Reviews | Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look

Richard Avedon’s fascination with France is storied, and thanks to the iconic American photographer’s restless quest to capture the world around him, well documented. Avedon’s France brings together a collection of his trademark minimalist portraits, fly-on-the-wall snapshots,...

Book Reviews: Chez Moi by Interior Designer Sarah Lavoine

Living like a true Parisienne starts at home, according to interior designer Sarah Lavoine. Known for her daring palette and bold graphic elements, her name has become synonymous with a decidedly Parisian flair, contemporary aesthetics and craftsmanship. She boasts an enviable...

A Party in Le Havre: A Summer of Celebrations

The excitement mounted as I joined the revellers on May 27, the date the party got underway. Hundreds of people dressed in over-the-top costumes inspired by themes linked to the city waited in anticipation in front of the Hôtel...

Book Reviews: A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny

Claude Monet first spotted the tranquil village of Giverny from a train window. Spellbound, he packed up his belongings and moved to the Normand nook in 1883. The impressionist master soon made the garden at Giverny his greatest artistic accomplishment and...

Discover the Limousin, France’s Rural Heart

If you really want to get off the beaten track in France, head for the rural and little-populated region of Limousin, suggests Dominc Bliss. Discover medieval hilltop villages, imposing châteaux and swathes of stunning scenery... Back in the old...

Rodin, Picasso and More: 5 Must-See Shows in France this Summer

The Rodin centenary is the engine behind some of this year’s unmissable exhibitions... Rodin, The Centenary The flagship exhibition of the year at the Grand Palais is paying homage to France’s most revered sculptor, exploring the dreams and...

A Pilgrimage in The Name of Art: The Tapestries of Dom Robert

I first learned about the Dom Robert tapestries from an article published in France Today (January 2017). Whilst reading, I was swept away by the dynamic images of the tapestries, instantly drawn in by this...

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style at the VMFA in Richmond

Prepare to be dazzled by this comprehensive exhibit of works by iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. On display are over 100 exquisite garments from his haute couture and ready-to-wear lines, as well as...

Parisian Walkways: Faubourg Saint-Antoine, the Heart of Fine French Cabinet-Making

Every year, more than seven million people flock to the Palace of Versailles to behold the jaw-dropping luxury in which the French monarchy once resided. They stand wide-eyed before the towering frescoed ceilings; they marvel at the gilded wood panelling, the...