La Cité du Vin

Bordeaux Fête le Vin – Bordeaux Wine Festival 2016

The famous Fête le Vin returns once again to the world favorite wine capital, Bordeaux. Running from June 23 - 26, this year's event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the festival, which is widely regarded...
the perfect picnic on the French Riviera

A Perfect Picnic in Nice

Four things I love to do on my annual voyage to Nice and the Côte d’Azur are: shop for a new pair of boots to take back to rainy Seattle for the coming year ...
The market in Aix-en-Provence

Market Day in Provence: The Vaucluse and Beyond

The time is 8:30 on a Thursday morning in mid-October. We are at the Vaison-la-Romaine market and a chill is in the air. Vendors bundled in woollen scarves warm their hands on steaming cups of coffee behind heaped...

Great Destinations in France: A World of New Adventure in Alsace

It's a part of France that is unlike any other (not least because it hasn't always been a part of France.) Much of the culture is distinctly German, and the influence of the Swiss...

Great Destinations: Bordeaux Wine Country

With the wonderful new Cité du Vin to lead the way, there’s a new sense of fun and openness about the Bordeaux wine region. The châteaux doors are opening to the public, the terroirs and appellations are...
Claude Monet, Les Falaises à Étretat

Étretat and the Normandy Coastline: Endless Inspiration for Artists

The natural beauty of Étretat has long attracted artists such as Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet, whose paintings entice even more visitors to this special place. (Monet painted a series of canvases depicting les falaises à Étretat, the dramatic coastal cliffs.) Located...

Great French Destinations: Champagne and the Ardennes

"Brothers, I am drinking the stars!” declared Dom Perignon on his first sip of the sparkling wine he helped invent in the 1600s. This monk, who lived in a Benedictine monastery in the heart of the Champagne region, wasn’t the...
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...

Coq au Vin Recipe

A classic French dish that never goes out of style.

The Secrets of Roquefort: The History of the Most Famous Blue Cheese in France

The tiny town of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon draws visitors from around the world who come to learn about "the king of cheeses".