Le Dernier Mot: Exit Strategy

Party all night or absquatulate? Kristin schools us in the art of taking French leave The first time I did a so-called ‘French leave’ was by accident. At 12 years old, I snuck out of...
Rémi Gaillard

Introducing French Funnyman Rémi Gaillard

We can all use a few laughs these days, so let me introduce you to French prankster Rémi Gaillard. Gaillard makes videos that are short, funny, and very popular—they’ve been viewed over 2 billion times....

Le Dernier Mot: Odd Woman Out

Kristin takes a deep breath after discovering her dream chalet has turned into a ‘man-tuary’ Last spring my husband and I bought a tiny chalet in the Alps after imagining the pleasure of living in...

My Life in Paris: For the Love of Cheese

Leaky pens and gourmet fromage don’t always make good bagfellows, as Theadora discovers... Surrounded by whispers, giggles and baby whimpers, I am eyeballing the handbags showcased in tall LED-lit cubbyholes, deep down in the basement...

New Beginnings in France: Trish Deseine’s Home in Le Perche

Torn between her native Ireland and her adopted France, Trish Deseine learns to follow her heart "I choose the rooms that I live in with care,” sang Leonard Cohen. And over the years my choices...

Le Dernier Mot: Wait a Minute Mr Postman

The unlikely 9,000-mile journey that led two volunteer posties to Kristin Espinasse’s door Around noon, when the sonnette rang, I peeked out the window and saw two people at our front gate. They must be...

Baronne Staffe’s Guide to French Table Manners

Stumped by French dining etiquette? When in doubt, take a leaf out of Baronne Staffe’s book. France’s nitpicking answer to Emily Post and undisputed authority on decorum, the baroness ruled over the bourgeoisie’s fine...

A Taste of the Divine: Monks and Nuns Making Wine in France

Jennifer Ladonne steps into the mysterious world of the monks and nuns still making wine in France Though scientists debate whether it was the Etruscans or the Greeks who introduced wine and winemaking to France,...

My Life in Paris: Girl Racer

Pizzas and hellish bus rides with a side of racing history... it's all in a day's work for columnist Theadora Brack I can do anything! I tell myself, as I pound the trottoir juggling two...

Le Dernier Mot: Crowning Glory

Kristin Espinasse dreams up ways to properly couronner an award-winning body of water Having shared with you the beauty of our lively port city, La Ciotat, there is now one more thing to shout about:...