12 Iconic Renaissance Sites in the Loire Valley

As the cradle of the French Renaissance, the Val de Loire boasts a wealth of places to explore Related articles: Cradle of the Renaissance: A Celebration in the Loire Valley Things to See and Do in...

Travel in France: 10 Reasons to Visit Brittany

With miles of unspoilt coastline, picturesque cities and the world’s largest megalithic rock site, Brittany is one of the most versatile provinces of France. And the food’s not bad either… CULTURE A GOGO Rennes boasts a glorious mix...
Abbaye Saint Pierre

France Holiday Ideas: The Heritage of Moissac

Boasting one of France’s most striking buildings and a monument to the benefits of eating grapes, Moissac in the Tarn-et-Garonne is a must-see for those with an interest in French history... UVARIUM One of the more unusual places...

Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I...

The Châteaux of the Loire, a Royal River

Have you ever wondered how Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa came to hang in Paris’s Louvre Museum? Well, no, it wasn’t through a sale at some prestigious global auction house, or even a dusty attic find. Five hundred years ago,...

A Few Favorite Small Museums

Some lesser-known and less-crowded gems that offer welcome relief from the long lines at larger museums
Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid

Vermeer at the Louvre: Dispelling the Myth of the “Sphinx of Delft”

Johannes Vermeer produced a relatively limited number of paintings, which only goes to make them all the more precious. He took great care and painstakingly laboured on each minute detail, sometimes driving his patrons to distraction. Vermeer also favoured...
The Gallery of the Maison La Roche

Le Corbusier Foundation: A Must-Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site in Paris

Did you know that in Paris it’s possible to visit a Le Corbusier building, newly classified in 2016 as a UNESCO World Heritage site? Tucked away among the golden 19th century facades of the tony...

Exit through the Gift Shop: The Top Museum Stores and Cafés in Paris

Limited-edition artists’ prints, design classics and beautiful books, not to mention eateries dressed to the nines, serving food that’s a work of art in itself: Jennifer Ladonne samples the best of Paris’s museum gift...

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...