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...

A Very Northern Christmas: Explore the Prettiest and Quirkiest Marchés de Noël

AWESOME ARRAS Big, bright and beautiful, Arras hosts one of the most popular Christmas markets in France. The cobbled Grand’Place, with its backdrop of fabulous Flemish baroque façades, is covered with a festive red...

12 Fashionable Cocktail Bars in Paris

The most up-to-date hangouts in Paris’s constantly changing cocktail scene Related article: The Best of the New in Paris LES AMBASSADEURS, HÔTEL DE CRILLON Soaring gilded and frescoed 18th-century walls and ceilings and a sumptuous décor make...

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,...
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Saffron in France: Red Gold in the Lot

Saffron, a spice more expensive than gold, was once grown widely in France and exported in great quantities. Last century, after countries like India and Iran took over the trade and phylloxera had hit, hardly any saffron...

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...