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Chapeaux for all in Caussade

Northeast of Montauban, on the road to Cahors, the hat industry in Caussade employed more than 2,000 people during the 19th century. Among its specialities was the canotier style of straw boater, as worn...
Pablo Picasso in 'La Californie'

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: Jacqueline Dürrbach’s Translation on Tapestry

If you’re a Picasso fan, seeing his painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is key. The nude prostitutes have angular and disjointed body parts, two have African mask-life features and the painting’s perspective is a flat...
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...