Olympics Fever: Get Your Hands on a Vintage French-Inspired Poster

The winter Olympics are kicking off in Seoul today and so we'll take a minute to raise a glass to France's Baron Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937), who is considered the father of the modern Olympic...

City Breaks in France: Nîmes

With the city on the brink of UNESCO World Heritage status, Guy Hibbert suggests you get there early to beat the crowds... When the Romans conquered Gaul it was the well-known source of spring water...

Book Reviews: 30-Second Napoleon, The 50 Fundamentals of his Life, Strategies, and Legacy

Napoleon Bonaparte was a man on borrowed time. Every task and duty was expedited with military precision – and timing. He famously gobbled up his déjeuner in a cramp-inducing 10 minutes, dispatched a Spartan...

A Pilgrim’s Progress: Following the Pilgrimage Route to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle

Ready to embark on the next chapter in his life, Daniel Kearney sets off on the Chemin du Puy pilgrim’s route to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in search of a new direction For twenty years I had a...

Parisian Walkways: Rue Véron, A Quieter Part of Montmartre

Back in 1929, Édith Piaf was still known as Édith Giovanna Gassion. Then 14 years old, the future chanteuse spent her days following her father around France with his touring acrobatic act. But La...

Exploring the Magnificent Bois de Vincennes in Paris

The eastern ‘Lung of Paris’, the Bois de Vincennes is a haven for wildlife and a playground for Parisians. Jennifer Ladonne explores its manifold delights Though Paris was a major instigator (and indeed the host)...

King for a Day: The Galette des Rois Tradition in France

Don’t be alarmed if you’re manhandled by your host and shoved summarily under the dinner table. This temporary hostage situation is just part of the fun and games of the Galette des Rois. Louis...

The 12 Most Iconic Sites in Franche-Comté

First time in Franche-Comté? Build these essential stops into your itinerary to make the most of your trip. As you might expect from a border territory, Franche-Comté is rich in military and defensive sites including...

My Life in Paris: Flying Frenchman

Barbie sent me, is what I tell the sales associate in accessories at Galeries Lafayette. Searching for the perfect headpiece for a fundraiser gala, I consider each confection by Alexandre de Paris – the...

Exploring Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Where James Baldwin Took Refuge in Provence

With Jules B. Farber’s book about US writer James Baldwin’s exile in Saint-Paul-de-Vence recently published, Justin Postlethwaite reflects on the Provence village’s enduring appeal for artists On a sultry summer’s morning, 10am on a Saturday...