Inspired by 1920s female boxer Jeanne La Mar and a quick rerun of Rocky, Theadora decides to get match-fit

My Life in Paris: My New Regime is a Knockout

Columnist Theadora Brack decides it's time to get match-fit, just like Rocky Balboa I’m going to keep it real but not in a Kardashian clan sort of way: my father isn’t feeling so well lately,...
Fragonard Jeune fille delivrant un oiseau de sa cage

Fragonard: Perfume and l’Art de Vivre

Guy Hibbert visits the respected Grasse parfumier What’s in a name? In the case of this famous maison de parfum, quite a lot as it happens. Imagine the conversation. “What are you wearing?” “I’m wearing...
Author Marin Montagut's shop on Rue Madame, in Paris's 6th arrondissement, is packed with beautiful objects, from tableware to silk scarves

Timeless Paris: A Charming Tour of the City’s Traditional Shops

Guy Hibbert leafs through a new book which takes us on a charming tour of Paris’s finest traditional purveyors of everything from buttons and pastels to wood panelling. As we regret the loss of our...

Le Dernier Mot: Hen Pals Lead to Pen Pals

Kristin's fine feathered friends prompt an unexpected correspondence Ever since we built our poulailler along the fence facing the street, our five hens have become a kind of neighbourhood attraction. ‘Cot! cot! cot!’ I hear...
Christmas gift guide

France Today Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Tis the season! The illuminations are up on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, boutiques are showing off fantastical shop windows, and the Christmas markets are in full swing. (Pain d’épices and hot mulled wine galore.)...
Colette as photographed by Henri Manuel

In the Footsteps of Colette in France

A prolific writer, Colette had many homes and many loves during her life. Hazel Smith follows her from a childhood in Burgundy to her final years in Paris. Colette is one of the most famous...
umbrella pine and sunset

Le Dernier Mot: On the Trail of the Wholesome Pine

Kristin is on a mission to make tea from a tree... but is it safe? I’m no tree hugger but recently a certain pin parasol swept me up into a vortex of emotion. It began...
; Alfred Hitchcock researched the sets at the Moulin Rouge

My Life in Paris: It Had to Be You, Sugar

Theadora takes inspiration from a 1920s screen siren… and a bag or two of Haribos Call my agent! “My column is due,” I say to Kitty, my sleepy feline assistant. “You know the drill.” My...
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Shop Tax-Free in France With Your Smartphone

While tax-free shopping is a great and profitable option for non-EU residents – post-Brexit, this now includes British visitors to France – the process is complicated and cumbersome. The easy, government-approved ZappTax system simplifies...

Just a Bit of Lido Fun

Theadora slaps on leggings and drags her unsuspecting sister to the Lido’s Bluebell Boot Camp. Synchronised dance may not be Theodora's wheelhouse but she did the Lido's limber Bluebell Girls, above, proud. Honestly, I didn’t...