Chateau du Rivau

Château du Rivau: A Gem Amongst the Loire Valley Castles

Planning a trip to the magnificent Loire Valley? Just two hours southwest of Paris, the "Valley of Kings"-- a UNESCO World Heritage site-- boasts stunning castles along the mighty Loire river. Avoid the tourist...
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...

The Flowering Calendar of Claude Monet’s Garden

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet Can’t make it to Giverny until the autumn? Don’t put off your visit - Claude Monet’s pink stucco house and his fabulous gardens should not...
Le Notre's Versailles Garden

André Le Nôtre: Magnificent Masterpieces of the Gardener’s Art

Gardening is an ephemeral art form. Few gardens withstand the vagaries of time, and even fewer master gardeners, if remembered at all, are afforded the status of their counterparts in architecture and the other...
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...

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...
Condé museum

Museum Watch: Musée Condé at the Chateau de Chantilly

What to do if you find yourself marooned in Twickenham at the age of 26, in exile from the home you had inherited when you were eight, and you are the son of a king during...

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...
the Val Rahmeh botanical gardens in Menton

The Glorious Gardens of Menton

It’s often said that Menton is three degrees warmer than anywhere else on the French Riviera. Situated beneath a circle of mountains at the Italian border, Menton is blessed with a micro-climate conducive to...
Le Petit Trianon

5 Reasons to Visit the Château de Versailles, Europe’s Grandest Palace

King Louis XIV’s Grand Apartments, Chamber & the Galerie des Glaces Seven rooms make up The Sun King’s ‘Grand Apartments’ and, as you progress from one to the next, your jaw will drop ever lower at their opulence. The...