Julien, the brasserie

Parisian Walkways: Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis

This is contemporary Paris in a nutshell: ethnically diverse, increasingly gentrified and dedicated to the business of food, a vibrant microcosm condensed into the southern section of this very long street. Migrants and refugees from all over the world have...
Aerial view of Sète

5 Favourite Port Towns in France

Sète: A taste of the real Med Situated on the southern French coast between Montpellier and Béziers, Sète is a busy, bustling, working port in an unusual geographic setting. It resides on and around a single hill,...
A street sign on the rue du Chat-qui-Pêche

Read the Signs: Rue du Chat qui Pêche in Paris

The Rue du Chat qui Pêche, literally the street of the fishing cat, is not only notable for being the narrowest in Paris but also for an eerie ghost story. The street, perpendicular to Rue de la Huchette, gives on...
saffron in the Lot

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...

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,...
Monet’s Clos Normand in Giverny

Claude Monet & Gustave Caillebotte: Painters, Gardeners and Best of Friends

“If he had lived instead of dying prematurely, he would have enjoyed the same upturn in fortunes as we did, for he was full of talent. He was as gifted as he was conscientious and when we lost...
El Alamein

Paris Houseboats: Living and Partying on the Seine’s Péniches

With the Seine and three canals winding their way through Paris, transport, travel, fun, and living on the water have always featured high in daily activities. The motto of the city of Paris, Fluctuat nec mergitur (tossed but not sunk)...
a vintage postcard from the Paris Puces

My Life in Paris: Lost in Translation

It was summertime and the learning was easy in the tiny classroom in the village-like Paris neighbourhood of Butte-aux-Cailles. Everything felt possible – not only conversing with my grouchy neighbourhood fromager, but also winning him over with some fluent...
Christmas market in France

10 Things to Do at Christmas in France

Public holidays are sacrosanct to the French, and none more so than Noël, when the Champagne flows liberally and there are countless options for festive fun… REIMS AT CHRISTMAS One of Champagne’s major cities, Reims stages an enormously popular...
Biking in the Burgundy vineyards.

A Taste Trek in Burgundy: Walking & Cycling in French Wine Country

No doubt every corner of France has its own charms and beauty, but if one had to name the quintessential French region, it must be Burgundy. With medieval villages, ancient woodlands, fields of red poppy and grazing cattle,...