Marilyn Monroe, 1956 by Cecil Beaton

5 Must-See Exhibitions in France this Winter

There is so much to see this winter, in Paris and in the provinces. On y va? Hodler Monet Munch The Marmottan-Monet museum presents these three painters as a journey through the three pivotal movements of European modernity: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. Until...

French Painting: 3 Great Art Exhibitions this Spring

We zoom in on the work of some of the most skilled French artists, showcased in excellent exhibitions this spring in France. RAOUL DUFY (EVIAN) The exhibition Raoul Dufy, le Bonheur de Vivre (the Happiness of Being Alive) celebrates the ease,...
Château de Fontainebleau © Flammarion, SA, Paris, 2015 – photos by Eric Sander

Exclusive Excerpt: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

A château with “the shape and colour of time”. Such lyricism may come as something of a surprise from Napoléon, but these were the poetic terms he chose to describe Fontainebleau. This was the palace that he preferred to Versailles, which...

Great Destinations in France: A World of New Adventure in Alsace

It's a part of France that is unlike any other (not least because it hasn't always been a part of France.) Much of the culture is distinctly German, and the influence of the Swiss...

Great Travel Destinations: Martinique, Island of Queens

By 1763, the French had lost the Seven Years’ War, and it was time for the British to make their territorial claims in the New World. They had two real options: they could claim Canada, where France still ruled vast...
The view over Mucem and the Villa Meditterenée

The Renaissance of Marseille

Since 2013, when Marseille was designated a European Capital of Culture, France’s oldest city has embarked on a revival that continues to gain in momentum. Still undertouristed, now is a great time to visit before the world catches on. Before...

Château de Saint Mesmin: Step into the Middle Ages in the Deux-Sèvres

In the springtime, the fields of the Deux-Sèvres in western France are a dazzling patchwork of lush green and brilliant yellow colza. Follow a narrow country lane over a bridge—this little Sevreau stream actually...
Half-timbered houses in Troyes

Travel to the Aube: Off the Beaten Path in Champagne Country

Most people, when they hear the word “Champagne,” think of the area around Reims and Epérnay, northeast of Paris. This is where the large, industrial-level production of champagne takes place, and where companies like...
The Art of Travel at the Lalique Museum

The Art of Travel at the Musée Lalique in Alsace

A visit to the Musée Lalique in Alsace is a surprise not just for the fantastic permanent collection and the spectacular natural setting, but also for the quality of the temporary exhibitions, guided by a different...

Great French Destinations: Champagne and the Ardennes

"Brothers, I am drinking the stars!” declared Dom Perignon on his first sip of the sparkling wine he helped invent in the 1600s. This monk, who lived in a Benedictine monastery in the heart of the Champagne region, wasn’t the...