Book Reviews: Brigitte Bardot, My Life in Fashion

Was there a ‘style Bardot’? Not according to the legendary movie star herself, who says in a foreword to this lavish new 300-page book “Je n’ai été jamais à la mode” (“I was never fashionable”). That’s hard...

In a French Kitchen by Susan Herrmann Loomis

Just before upping sticks from the UK to head across La Manche I read Susan Herrmann Loomis’s On Rue Tatin. If ever we needed the final push to take the plunge into a new life...

Cook Like a ‘Bonne Femme’ to Celebrate Spring

Alors, le printemps est arrivé! Yet my favorite French author, Colette, often warned of “those deceptive spring days” that start out promisingly warm until a sudden bout of chilly wind and rain whips up out of nowhere...

Book Reviews: The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby

Prolific historian and author Jonathan Fenby has turned a scrupulous eye on France’s recent history, delving into major events and milestones from the revolution of 1789 to the present day. He writes with experience and clarity, bringing to life the...

Gardens, Grapes and Gastronomy: A Trip to Bourges and the Berry

Whatever age you live in and whatever your line of work, it rarely pays to upstage the boss. Ask anyone in Bourges, third largest town in the Centre region and a great base for exploring the south-east corner of the ancient...

Pétanque: It’s Not a Game, It’s a Religion

“That was un carreau, when I hit your boule on the head.” I watched, a little crestfallen, as my steel boule skittered across the park and into the undergrowth, ruthlessly knocked out of position by...

Le Dernier Mot: The Sky is Falling!

Yesterday I darted back and forth like a chicken beneath a falling sky. A violent wind caused my hair to fly up, twirling around me as I retrieved scattered laundry near the base of my clothesline. I snatched...

Francophile Favourites: An Interview with Writer Patricia Fieldsteel

What was your first French experience? When I was three, my grandfather took me to lunch at his friend, the great chef Henri Soulé’s restaurant Le Pavillon in Manhattan. Soulé joined us in whites and toque, kissed my...

IDIOM: Immersive French Lessons for Adults in Nice

Learn French with a group of other adults in the spectacular setting of the French Riviera. IDIOM is a training institute with over 20 years of experience in teaching French to foreign adults. They...
The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...