Our Guide to Top Christmas Markets in France 2017

Sparkling lights, dazzling decorations, traditional delicacies (bredele biscuits, anyone?), the scent of roasting chestnuts and hot mulled wine wafting through the air... There's a reason so many travellers flock to France for the yuletide season....

Le Dernier Mot: That Which We Call a Rose…

What’s in a nickname? Kristin Espinasse was hoping hers would be something cool(er)! When I moved to France as a young woman from Arizona, my boyfriend introduced me to all his amis (and amies). I...
Village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the Dordogne

Dordogne Travels: The Lure of Périgord

La Dordogne: an ancient realm where dark rivers sweep under limestone cliffs and medieval hilltop villages emerge from lush dense forest; where a cornucopia of local produce has created a rich and abundant gastronomic heritage; where the extraordinary legacy of...
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Le Dernier Mot: Between You, Me and the Gatepost

The day I stopped believing I was a bad student, I could finally start to relax and absorb the lessons floating all around me. Idioms were a new and delightful discovery; expressions such as revenons à nos moutons (‘let’s...

A Sparkling Gala for the American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris recently celebrated its Gala dinner at the Bibliothèque Clément Bayard of the Automobile Club of France. This sparkling soirée is one of the most significant fundraising events of the...

Exploring the Magnificent Bois de Vincennes in Paris

The eastern ‘Lung of Paris’, the Bois de Vincennes is a haven for wildlife and a playground for Parisians. Jennifer Ladonne explores its manifold delights Though Paris was a major instigator (and indeed the host)...

My Life in Paris: A Passion for Fashion

With her gold faux-fur sleeves and sleek bobbed fringe, Theadora hits Paris Fashion Week... Amid the pop, pop, pop of the paparazzi’s cameras, I exit the Junko Shimada fashion show at the Palais de Tokyo,...

Gourmet Trail in Paris: Brewers’ Fayre

Of late, you cannot venture into the bowels of the capital without stumbling smack bang into a new microbrewery. Just follow the tell-tale whiffs of smoky hops and you can be sure to find a hipster-type...

Le Dernier Mot: Le Sourire sur la Prairie

Thanks to Laura Ingalls Wilder, the kids and I are working on a new habitude: ‘The Smile’. It all began when a DVD box set was given to my daughter and, since then, the...

Le Dernier Mot: Inside Job

An unlatched portillon opens the floodgates of Kristin Espinasse’s overactive imagination Returning home from my morning walk, I noticed my mom pacing in the garden. “Kristi,” she said. “The front gate was open.” The two...