Paris Liberated, Paris Photographed, Paris Exhibited

‘Capital of pleasure’ was the dubious title given to Paris by the Third Reich, and so reclaiming the capital’s dignity became of critical importance after the Liberation in August of 1944. To this end,...

France and Germany Mark Centenary of the Battle of Verdun

It’s been 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle in World War One, and one of the most demanding of any military conflict, in which 300,000 soldiers were killed in 300 days...

Verdun Memorial: The New Face of War – Fighting, Meuse 1918

We often think of the First World War as having been one long, unchanging tragedy. But in fact the nature of the war changed considerably over the four years it spanned, partly due to...

Virginia d’Albert-Lake: An American Heroine

I can still hear her voice—confident, clear and a little plummy. After all, by that time, in 1989, she was 79 years old and had been through a lot. In fact, she’d been through...

The Most Iconic Sites of Nord-Pas de Calais

First time in Nord-Pas de Calais? Build these essential stops into your itinerary to make the most of your trip. Related articles: Top of the World, Nord-Pas de Calais Things to See and Do in...

The Bridge 2017: The Historic Transatlantic Race Celebrates Franco-American Friendship

It was a race like no other: the Queen Mary 2 against a fleet of giant trimarans, the course retracing the route American forces took in 1917. Precisely 100 years to the day of...

Following the Heart: Synchronicities along the Way

A few days after the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan I was sitting in Paris outside Shakespeare and Company, lifting my plummeting sugar levels with a wholly forgettable slice of pumpkin pie bought from...

Calvados in Normandy: Tales from the Parisian Riviera

Famous for its cider and its eponymously named eau-de-vie, this is William the Conqueror’s birthplace and where the Allies landed in 1944. Marion Sauvebois discovers a département where the locals have become the self-appointed...

Discover The ‘Terroir’ of the Western Front 14-18

Just as the military sites of The Western Front 14-18 are unique in world history, so too is the ‘terroir’ of the five regions – Northern France, Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace. This evocative French...

Remembrance Tourism in Northern France

1. Notre-Dame-de-Lorette International Memorial Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, the hill at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, is the location of the world’s largest French military cemetery. Some 20,000 graves stand side by side, perfectly aligned across the plateau. The same site also features...