My Life in Paris: A Fishy Tale?

Ditching my crushed velvet tracksuit for a hat, coat, and bag, I zip out the door. You see, last week, over whisky glasses at the Café Saint-Jean in Abbesses, I had shared with Brigitte a tangled skein of a...

Gardens, Grapes and Gastronomy: A Trip to Bourges and the Berry

Whatever age you live in and whatever your line of work, it rarely pays to upstage the boss. Ask anyone in Bourges, third largest town in the Centre region and a great base for exploring the south-east corner of the ancient...

A Hot Afternoon in Provence: Order a PAC à l’eau

It’s your first visit to Provence. It’s summer and you’re in love with the place. You’d give anything to live here and to live as the Provençaux do, to penetrate their secrets. So you hang out in cafés,...
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Parisian Walkways: Rue Cler, the Famous Market Street

Travel-writing guru Rick Steves called Rue Cler “my favourite street in Paris,” enthusing, “Rue Cler, lined with shops that spill out into the street, feels like village Paris – in the skinny shadow of the Eiffel Tower.” The Seattle...

Le Dernier Mot: The Sky is Falling!

Yesterday I darted back and forth like a chicken beneath a falling sky. A violent wind caused my hair to fly up, twirling around me as I retrieved scattered laundry near the base of my clothesline. I snatched...

Francophile Favourites: An Interview with Writer Patricia Fieldsteel

What was your first French experience? When I was three, my grandfather took me to lunch at his friend, the great chef Henri Soulé’s restaurant Le Pavillon in Manhattan. Soulé joined us in whites and toque, kissed my...
The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...

Boutique Beat in Paris: Shopping on the Rue de Charonne

If it’s quantity you’re looking for, just follow the crowds to the boutique-jammed streets of the Marais. But for a real Paris quartier with everything you need for a fun shopping day in the city, Rue de Charonne...

A History of the Breton Stripe

Fresh, nautical and undeniably chic, la marinière worn by the sailors in the French Navy is the shirt we call the Breton stripe. For over 150 years these stripes have been seen on board the ships of the Marine Nationale...

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...