Photo Essay: Explore the Abbey of Fontenay in Burgundy

Travelling through Burgundy? A highly recommended stop is the Abbey of Fontenay. Situated an hour's drive to the east of Vézelay, this Cistercian monastery was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1118. It...

Photo Essay: The Famous Pilgrimage Site of Vézelay

Just 3 hours on the A6 from Paris will bring you (back) to a remarkable era in French religious history. Situated in the Yonne department in Burgundy, Vézelay is a designated UNESCO World Heritage...

Experience Arles: Les Rencontres de la photographie

I came to Arles this July for the opening of Les Rencontres de la Photographie, one of the world’s most prestigious photography festivals. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the festival. Founded in...

Check out Rachel Cobb’s Gorgeous Photos in “Mistral, the Legendary Wind of Provence”

There is something mythical about the mistral wind-- the strong, northwesterly blast that funnels down the Rhône Valley and sweeps across southern France. It creates the climate, and it's part of Provençal culture. Renowned...

A Vence Vacation: Exploring the French Riviera

If you are looking for a home base to explore the French Riviera but want to escape the big-city hustle and bustle of Nice, look no further than Vence. Situated a comfortable 20-minute ride...

Book Reviews: Robert Doisneau, Published by Lannoo

A self-proclaimed ‘fisherman of images’, Robert Doisneau did far more than capture the everyday in his intimate street tableaux. A deft storyteller, he teased fantasy and surprising candour from his ‘models’, revealing the unbridled...

Blois, Of Visions and Visionaries: The Chateau Inspiration for Asheville’s Biltmore Estate

There are many châteaux in the Loire Valley, but only three interested a certain nineteenth-century railroad tycoon. Enthralled with French Renaissance châteaux, George Vanderbilt determined to build his own in the mountains of North...

30 Years in 30 Photos at the Mémorial de Caen

To mark its milestone 30th anniversary, the Mémorial de Caen in Normandy has teamed up with the World Press Photo Foundation to present 30 photographs capturing pivotal events of the past three decades. Set to...

Book Reviews: Paris, Portrait of a City

Ever since Daguerre snapped the very first photograph on the banks of the Seine, the City of Light’s intrinsic nostalgia and timeless glamour have cast their spell on generations of shutterbugs. A repository of...

Christmas in France: A Photo Tour from the Loire Valley to Alsace

It's the most wonderful time of year in France. From the historic Christmas markets in Alsace to the glorious chateaux of the Loire Valley, the country is showing off marvellous holiday decor. For those...