Le Dernier Mot: Aching Bones and Sagging French

When my husband’s pal, Nicolas, invited us to une crémaillère to celebrate his move back to Marseille, I expected to see friends I’ve known for decades. But I never imagined that I’d have difficulty understanding them! What happened to...

Travel in France: 10 Reasons to Visit Brittany

With miles of unspoilt coastline, picturesque cities and the world’s largest megalithic rock site, Brittany is one of the most versatile provinces of France. And the food’s not bad either… CULTURE A GOGO Rennes boasts a glorious mix...

An Interview with Marc Levy, France’s Widest Read Author

Marc Levy is one of France’s – and the world’s – favourite writers. His prolific output is proof that he is also a worker bee. For him, writing is an art and a craft. His artistry and hard work pay...

Inflexyon in Lyon: More than a Language School

Inflexyon offers an innovative and dynamic teaching program that is adapted to each student. Small-sized classes, (around 15-18 students for the “general French course” and 12-15 for the skill development workshops), diversified approaches to the French...

France Holiday Ideas: The Charms of Langres in Champagne-Ardenne

This charming fortified hilltop town in the Haute-Marne department of the Champagne-Ardenne has ancient history and modern thrills in equal abundance. Here's what we love. ACTION-PACKED SUMMER Langres boasts a packed – and eclectic– summer calendar; and this...

Taste the Terroir: Finger-Licking Snails of Burgundy

Blinking its droopy eyestalks from the tip of a leafy cabbage, the portly escargot is not a picture of haute cuisine. Never mind the slime trailing off its undercarriage. Yet, the humble garden mollusc is undoubtedly Burgundy’s most coveted...

A Pilgrimage in The Name of Art: The Tapestries of Dom Robert

I first learned about the Dom Robert tapestries from an article published in France Today (January 2017). Whilst reading, I was swept away by the dynamic images of the tapestries, instantly drawn in by this...

Shows to See Now in France: 3 Ways with Remembrance

A pause to learn, reflect and pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice France-Germany, 1870-1871 A conflict overshadowed by the two World Wars, the Franco-Prussian war remains an obscure topic to an international audience, and even to the...

Parisian Walkways: Faubourg Saint-Antoine, the Heart of Fine French Cabinet-Making

Every year, more than seven million people flock to the Palace of Versailles to behold the jaw-dropping luxury in which the French monarchy once resided. They stand wide-eyed before the towering frescoed ceilings; they marvel at the gilded wood panelling, the...

Read the Signs: Rue des Deux-Boules in Paris

This tiny street runs parallel to rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The name translates as ‘Two Balls Street’. (Stop sniggering.) The origin of the denomination remains unclear. Some say there used to be a play area here where locals...