Studio 28 in Montmartre

My Life in Paris: The Perfect Valentine’s Day at the City’s Oldest Cinema

Fully embracing Oscar Wilde’s philosophy that “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance”, I started planning my picture-perfect, cinematic Saint-Valentine’s Day celebration months ago. ’Tis the season! Act 1: Getting ready for...

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...

Things to See and Do in Île-de-France

Not-to-be-missed events, historic sites to explore, plus arts, culture and plenty for the family to enjoy Related articles: Great Destinations: Île-de-France, Haunt of Kings and Artists 12 Most Iconic Châteaux of Île-de-France Where to Stay...

Every Street Sign Tells a Story: A History Lesson in France

France’s streets and squares provide a unique history lesson for travellers. Gillian Thornton digs deeper into the French national identity Wandering round the historic centre of Chartres, map in hand, I stopped on the river...
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...

Retail Therapy: Gadgets and Gizmos

We recommend these snazzy pieces of tech for the tinkerers and big kids among you Stacks of Fun What respectable Francophile can resist a crêpe? Coming from kitchen king Tefal, the party crêpière boasts six non-stick...

My Life in Paris: Sea-Inspired Beauty Secrets from Ladies Past

Sailing past the Comédie-Française after lunch, I caught my reflection, looming just a bit too large above a replica “Mini-Me” Molière doll in the gift shop vitrine. The poupée-sized playwright seemed to be speaking to me, saying, “Ma chérie,...

Things to See and Do in Les Deux Charentes

Head to the coast for seaside fun, boat rides and island life, or go inland for fast cars, gentle cycle rides and history... Related article: Double the Fun in the Two Charentes MUSEUMS AND HISTORY With Romanesque...

Le Dernier Mot: Aching Bones and Sagging French

When my husband’s pal, Nicolas, invited us to une crémaillère to celebrate his move back to Marseille, I expected to see friends I’ve known for decades. But I never imagined that I’d have difficulty understanding them! What happened to...

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...