Time for an Apéro

It's the mellowest moment of a day in France, a delightful interlude between the day's activity and a pleasurable meal: l'heure de l'apéro. When a waiter says those magic words—Désirez-vous un apéritif?—think of it as...

Dom Pérignon: A Look at a Legend

Success, as the saying goes, has many fathers. So it’s not surprising that many claim to have “invented” champagne, the world’s most successful wine in terms of global recognition and popularity. Legend has it...

A Sparkling Tale: A Visit to Champagne

From cellar tours to vineyard tastings, discover the world of bubbly on a quick trip from Paris.

Savoring the Slow Road: Cruising the Burgundy Canal by Barge

From the deck of my hotel barge, I glimpse into the heart of rural France, admiring lush pastures of grazing Charolais cattle and the verdant hills of Burgundy’s pastoral landscape. We are cruising at...

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...
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Discover 3 Wine Routes in the Midi-Pyrénées

When you think of French wine, famous appellations like Champagne or Bordeaux are the first names that come to mind; wines with strong characters and powerful flavours, their fame extends far beyond the nation’s...

Little Black Book: My France Favourites by Martha Sessums

France Today ambassador Martha Sessums shares her favourite addresses in France A PLACE TO STAY There’s a hotel in downtown Beaune that makes you feel like you’re living there. Winery owners remodelled this ex-home/stable into a hotel with elegant rooms, breakfast and...

Calvados: Tasting Liquid Gold in Normandy’s Pays d’Auge

Learn about the traditional apple brandy at the family-run Boulard distillery.

Things to See and Do in Bordeaux: A Comprehensive Guide

Bordeaux is not just a wine-producing town – it is a thriving city in its own right. Related Articles: Great Destinations in France: Bordeaux Wine Country Where to Stay and Eat in Bordeaux Wine Country 12...

Great Travel Destinations: Martinique, Island of Queens

By 1763, the French had lost the Seven Years’ War, and it was time for the British to make their territorial claims in the New World. They had two real options: they could claim Canada, where France still ruled vast...