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Le Dernier Mot: An Internet Pause in Provence

Now is a time to sit and listen. I try to ignore the temptation to go upstairs and work on the computer. Email can wait. So can senseless surfing. This is where I need to be: facing my belle-mère,...

Grand Musée du Parfum Opens in Paris

The Grand Musée du Parfum opens its doors in Paris in a majestic converted mansion at 73 Rue de Faubourg Saint Honoré (where else?) in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle. The museum, entirely...

A Guide to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, the Famous Flea Market

The famous flea market at the capital’s northern edge may not be the bargain hunter’s dream of yore, but antique lovers, vintage buffs and flâneurs looking for a little piece of Paris rarely leave...

My Life in Paris: A Quest to Find the Perfect Brassiere

While out madly jogging one recent rainy morn, the Eiffel Tower’s statuesque beauty stopped me in my fast-grooving tracks. As I pulled out my music player’s ear buds, the century-old glamazon seemed to be...

My Life in Paris: Totes, Crests and… Balls!

Columnist Theadora Brack has a Catherine de’ Medici moment in a Paris department store Thanks to a pair of new patent-leather bluchers with waffled, tri-coloured wedges, blisters are on my mind and my mind is...

Editor’s App Choice: busuu, Learn French for Free

First things first: this language-learning app, busuu, is free to download and use, and so its merits and failings should be assessed from a viewpoint of cost-efficiency. The concept of matching photos with words...
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Family Holidays in France: Simple Pleasures in Charente-Maritime

France is a huge country, many times bigger than each individual part of the UK, and as a result it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint exact locations where the family can have a great deal of fun without spending...

Deux Cafés, S’il Vous Plaît: Les Deux Magots & Café de Flore in Paris

Still popular with celebrities, a century ago Les Deux Magots and the Café de Flore were the haunts of some of the greatest thinkers of their day "If you are lucky enough to have lived...

Exploring Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Where James Baldwin Took Refuge in Provence

With Jules B. Farber’s book about US writer James Baldwin’s exile in Saint-Paul-de-Vence recently published, Justin Postlethwaite reflects on the Provence village’s enduring appeal for artists On a sultry summer’s morning, 10am on a Saturday...

Harry and Caresse Crosby, the Lost Generation’s Golden Expatriate Couple

They published some of the greatest literary giants of 1920s Paris, held riotous parties, smoked opium and flouted just about every convention of society during the eight years of their open marriage. They travelled...