Le Dernier Mot: Excuse Me, May I Kiss You?

To bise, or not to bise? That is the question on Kristin’s (and many others’) lips this month... Two Sundays ago, my plans to sneak out of church were foiled when I ran smack into...
The Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

Parisian Walkways: Forgotten Montmartre

Once the haunt of supremely influential artists, Montmartre somehow manages to retain its Belle Époque allure.  On a sunny Sunday afternoon in 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir set up his easel at an open-air café on the top of the Butte...

Celebrate French Gastronomy: Goût de France/Good France 2018

Mark your calendars. On March 21 you can participate in the world’s biggest French dinner, as 3,000 restaurants and 150 embassies across five continents celebrate Gallic gastronomy with Goût de France/Good France 2018. This fabulous...

Le Dernier Mot: Birds of a Feather

...flock together – and are loyal to a fault, says Kristin Espinasse There is never a dull moment in our three-generational nid here in La Ciotat. Recently, my mom called out, “Five green parrots!”, sending...

City Breaks in France: Lille

Lille, in many ways, is reminiscent of Paris. Yet, unsurprisingly, given its location in the far north of France, it has a good dash of Flemish influence. Some of its distinctive architecture is really...

Le Dernier Mot: Wait a Minute Mr Postman

The unlikely 9,000-mile journey that led two volunteer posties to Kristin Espinasse’s door Around noon, when the sonnette rang, I peeked out the window and saw two people at our front gate. They must be...
Work in Progress at Ann Demeulemeester Fall/Winter16

In Today’s Fashion World, It’s About the Street Model

It’s the fall fashion season in New York, London, Milan and Paris. From these four cities comes the worldwide influence of fashion’s “looks.” Stories and photos of hot trends are everywhere, from international newspapers...

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more at the AGO in Toronto

This October, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto invites visitors to witness the spiritual journeys of some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and...
Shoppers in the Galerie Véro-Dodat

Parisian Walkways: Galerie Véro-Dodat, An Historic Covered Passage

The passage couvert, these glass-roofed shopping arcades which flourished in early 19th-century Paris, owed their success in part to a promise inherent in their architecture – the capacity to transport their visitors to another place. In the 1800s, a passage...

My Life in Paris: Girl Racer

Pizzas and hellish bus rides with a side of racing history... it's all in a day's work for columnist Theadora Brack I can do anything! I tell myself, as I pound the trottoir juggling two...