Into the Mix: A Guide to Cocktail Bars in Paris

Slow to embrace any trend not of its own making, Paris was a bit behind other major cities to jump onto the cocktail craze. But fuelled by an enthusiastic expat community and an eagerness to strut its stuff, the capital...

Puttin’ on the Ritz: The Story Behind the Legendary Paris Hotel

It has a history as rich and famous as some of its star guests and residents, yet it has also fallen on hard times, and well within living memory. The announcement in early 2012 that the Ritz Paris...

The Carrefours of France in San Francisco: Hayes and Gough/Octavia

During the 1849-50s Gold Rush, many French came to San Francisco to find their fortune.  It was San Francisco that grew rich with the addition of French culture, and that continuing influence is seen...
Café de la Presse

The Carrefours of France in San Francisco: Bush and Grant

During the 1849-50s Gold Rush, many French people came to San Francisco to find their fortune. It was San Francisco that grew rich with the addition of French culture, and that continuing influence is...
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...
Eiffel Tower Fan zone

How to Enjoy the Euro 2016 in Paris

Paris is known as the city of lights, romance and, for the summer of 2016, the city of football too. Fans from all over the world have descended on France – and in particular...
Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, Saint-Pierre

Saint Pierre and Miquelon: France Far-off, France Forever

Fog-ridden. Weather-beaten. A treeless outcrop crusted with the spit of the sea. This seems to be the standard first impression of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a tiny cluster of French islands tucked beneath the vastness...

Finding Paris in Seattle

With a little imagination you can find Paris just about anywhere. On a recent visit to the States I found Paris in Seattle, Washington. I was transported countless times to the City of Light...
La Tête dans les Olives

5 Unmissable Hidden Gems in Paris

La tête dans les olives – An Evening to Remember I have the good fortune to get to Paris a few times a year and if it’s not August, I’m plotting to get an evening...
The facade of La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac

New in Paris: Chef Cyril Lignac Shares his Passion for Chocolate

Cyril Lignac, the celebrated chef and TV personality, has just opened a chocolate shop with business partner Benoît Couvrand, who was formerly the head pâtissier at Fauchon. La Chocolaterie is located at 25, rue...