Check out Rachel Cobb’s Gorgeous Photos in “Mistral, the Legendary Wind of Provence”

There is something mythical about the mistral wind-- the strong, northwesterly blast that funnels down the Rhône Valley and sweeps across southern France. It creates the climate, and it's part of Provençal culture. Renowned...

Surviving Provence: Food for Thought (and the Wine to Go With It)

Provence is the place of dreams... until reality sets in. Taking place beneath the Montagne Ste. Victoire in Cézanne country, "Surviving Provence: Romance, Reality and Wild Boars" is a funny, sometimes acerbic, tale of...

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...
Nice, France

A Flâneur in Old Nice

Whether I turn left or right in Vieux Nice I get lost. No matter that I’ve walked throughout its labyrinthine lanes, browsing the shops and dining at most of the restaurants in this ‘village’ within a city. Its...
A street sign on the rue du Chat-qui-Pêche

Read the Signs: Rue du Chat qui Pêche in Paris

The Rue du Chat qui Pêche, literally the street of the fishing cat, is not only notable for being the narrowest in Paris but also for an eerie ghost story. The street, perpendicular to Rue de la Huchette, gives on...
Hats for sale at Chapellerie

Chapeaux for all in Caussade

Northeast of Montauban, on the road to Cahors, the hat industry in Caussade employed more than 2,000 people during the 19th century. Among its specialities was the canotier style of straw boater, as worn...

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...

Le Dernier Mot: La Génération Sandwich

Kristin Espinasse may have dreamed of an empty nest, but the universe had other plans... When my beau-père passed away two years ago, I knew it was a matter of time before my mother, now...

The Changing Face of Paris

A Paris City Council vote by secret ballot in November 2014 effectively closed the book on the ‘Tour Triangle’, the most significant skyscraper project in the capital since the Tour Montparnasse opened more than...
A French pharmacy

Le Dernier Mot: Complimenting a Frenchwoman

Mom and I are in the village pharmacy, having made a beeline here from the doctor’s office. We’re in luck when one of the three counter stations instantly opens. We step up to the comptoir, where I hand...