Taste the Terroir: Finger-Licking Snails of Burgundy

Blinking its droopy eyestalks from the tip of a leafy cabbage, the portly escargot is not a picture of haute cuisine. Never mind the slime trailing off its undercarriage. Yet, the humble garden mollusc is undoubtedly Burgundy’s most coveted...

France Today Summer Gift Guide: Must-Have Accessories, Treats and More!

It’s official: summer’s here and we’re dreaming of long, lazy days on the sun-soaked plages (and why not Paris Plages?) As we’re getting ready to pack our beach bags, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of...

Top 5 Film Locations in France

Home to some of the most iconic scenery, sites and monuments in the world, it’s little wonder that France has inspired cinematographers for decades. Paris: A network of notable spots A city that needs no introduction, Paris has...

Le BHV MARAIS: Exclusive Shopping Guides at the Parisians’ Favourite Department Store

Situated in the heart of the fashionable district of Le Marais, Le BHV MARAIS is one of the most iconic department stores in the world. With over 2,000 fashion brands and sophisticated homeware, from...

Along the Boulevard: La Croisette Fêtes the 70th Cannes Film Festival

La Croisette – no matter what time of year – is always an exciting place to be. It gets a bit more exciting in mid to late May, when the esteemed Cannes Film Festival...

Things to See and Do in the French Pays Basque

Indulge yourself from the beaches to the mountainous interior, via the great cities of Bayonne and Biarritz Markets There are great Halles marketplaces in the town centres of both Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Bayonne. Open until lunchtime every day of...

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...