Guide to the Stars: A Potted History of the Michelin Guide

Six months since the Bras affair fallout, we look back on the birth of the esteemed Michelin Guide and its cut-throat star system It’s been six months since chef extraordinaire Sébastien Bras was stripped of...

Le Dernier Mot: That Which We Call a Rose…

What’s in a nickname? Kristin Espinasse was hoping hers would be something cool(er)! When I moved to France as a young woman from Arizona, my boyfriend introduced me to all his amis (and amies). I...

À La Plage, At the Beach: French Language & Etiquette

Françoise Giordano from FastTrackFrench.com heads to the beach with friends to beat the summer heat, and makes plans to celebrate Bastille Day in style... Chez Françoise... FRANÇOISE: Je vais préparer une grosse salade de tomates avec...

Book Reviews: 30-Second Paris, Edited by John Flower

After boiling down Napoleon’s action-packed reign to 50 bite-size entries, the head- spinning 30-Second book series tackles the elusive City of Light. Divvied up in 300-word quick-fire chapters, for an optimum reading speed of,...

Things to See and Do in Calvados

Explore the département’s history, heritage, museums, festivals and outdoor activities Related articles: Calvados in Normandy: Tales from the Parisian Riviera Not-to-Miss Remembrance Sites in Calvados, Normandy HERITAGE AND CULTURE As the birthplace of William the Conqueror, Calvados is...

Film Review: L’Échange des princesses, Directed by Marc Dugain

1721. Desperate to seal peace with Spain, the Regent of France, hatches a plan: to marry Louis XV, 11, and Maria Anna Victoria, the four-year-old Spanish infant. He even goes one further, offering the...

Book Reviews: Berthe Morisot, Published by Flammarion

Berthe Morisot was the first woman to band together with the free spirits soon to be known as the Impressionists, leading the charge of a new unbridled movement. Yet, despite being hailed as “one...

Pimp My Pistou: A Recipe Tour of France

Join us on a gastronomic journey across France, as we lift the lid on some of its best-loved recipes and meet the chefs who have put their stamp on them These recipes have been excerpted...

Book Reviews: Coco Chanel by Susan Goldman Rubin

Because you’re never too young to brush up on your fashion icons, Coco Chanel – Pearls, Perfume and the Little Black Dress is just the thing to introduce teens and tweens to the intractable...

Parisian Walkways: Rue Saint-Paul in the Marais District

While the Marais continues to develop and its ever-rising rents become increasingly unaffordable, Jeffrey T Iverson slips onto a street where independents still thrive Ever since the 9th century, when the Abbaye de Sainte-Opportune first...