The hilltop ‘Plus Beau Village’ of Vézelay

Off the Beaten Track Around Burgundy

While it may be most famous for its celebrated wines, the region of Burgundy is also full of surprises, as Caroline Harrap discovers on a back-in-time tour of its lesser-known treasures Standing atop a small...
The imperial suite at the Ritz, Paris

Notorious Hotels with History in France

From Marie Antoinette’s execution to Coco Chanel’s eviction, they have been the offices of writers and the dens of thieves. Chloe Govan shares the stories behind some of France’s most legendary hotels The guillotine has...
Tate modern staff examining Dora Maar painting

Finding Dora Maar: Building a Portrait of the Artist

A chance find in a second-hand Hermès address book led to a journey deep into the day-to-day life of one of the 20th century’s most talented–and difficult–women, as Lanie Goodman discovers Call it improbable, a...
Jules Verne

In the Footsteps of Jules Verne in Nantes

Chloe Govan reveals the remarkable adventures of world-famous novelist Jules Verne, whose literary ambitions first took shape in beguiling Nantes Say the name Jules Verne and most people will think immediately of Around the World...

Read the Signs: Rue des Dames in Paris

The convivial Parisian street with many stories to tell Word has it, it's the place to be when the clock strikes aperitif o'clock. Rue des Dames, in the Batignolles district, stretches from Avenue de Clichy...
Secrets under the city of Laon

Learn about the French “Secrets Under The City” in Laon, Aisne

On your way to South of France, on A26, stop and visit the beautiful medieval city of Laon with more than 80 historical monuments and an amazing labyrinth of underground passageways. “Secrets under the city”...
Victor Hugo

Looking for Les Misérables in Paris

On the 135th anniversary of Victor Hugo’s death, Chloe Govan heads to Paris to relive the life-changing experiences that shaped one of the world’s most famous novels, Les Misérables For those Francophiles who have seen...
otre dame de paris book, Kathy Borrus, Black Dog & Leventhal

Book Review: Notre-Dame de Paris by Kathy Borrus

On April 15 last year, the world looked on in horror as Notre-Dame blazed in the heart of Paris. Kathy Borrus’s book offers a fascinating look back at nine centuries of this landmark, which...
Hachis Parmentier, Mardi Michels

Hot Potato: The History of Hachis Parmentier

Author and French cookery expert Mardi Michels reveals that the French were rather slow to embrace the humble spud, considering it only good for animal fodder. Hachis (the “h” and the “s” are silent) Parmentier...
Trianon AND THE QUEEN’S HAMLET AT VERSAILLES by Jacques Moulin,

Book Review: Trianon and The Queen’s Hamlet at Versailles

Created by Louis Le Vau for Louis XIV, Trianon was an oasis for the French royal family on the fringes of political life, far from the rituals of the monarchy. It was here that...