The Fruits of Paris: The Preservation and Rebirth of Montreuil’s Peach Orchards

Montreuil’s oldest inhabitants remember when this suburb on the eastern edge of Paris was nothing but fields and orchards. Today, the Saint-Antoine quartier shelters the last murs à pêches (peach walls), which provide a...
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 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...

Don’t Miss the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes at Versailles

The final show of the season will take place this weekend.

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,...

Herbs in a Midsummer Garden

There is no better time than late summer to enjoy the exuberant perfume and flavor of herbs from the garden.

Parisian Walkways: The Rebirth of the Le Viaduc des Arts in the 12th Arrondissement

For more than a century, one of the main arteries feeding the heart of the French capital was a train line that arrived from east of Paris and reached its terminus at Place de...