Read the Signs: Place de l’Europe- Simone Veil in Paris

Near the Gare Saint-Lazare in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the Place de l’Europe has been renamed in honour of Simone Veil, who died last year. This is one of many accolades awarded to...

Château de Hautefort: An Enchanting Castle in the Dordogne

The elegant Château de Hautefort sits atop a rolling green hill, offering superlative views of the Lourde and Beuze valleys in the Dordogne. The chateau has a long and rich history, with records showing...
Le Notre's Versailles Garden

André Le Nôtre: Magnificent Masterpieces of the Gardener’s Art

Gardening is an ephemeral art form. Few gardens withstand the vagaries of time, and even fewer master gardeners, if remembered at all, are afforded the status of their counterparts in architecture and the other...

The Bridge 2017: The Historic Transatlantic Race Celebrates Franco-American Friendship

It was a race like no other: the Queen Mary 2 against a fleet of giant trimarans, the course retracing the route American forces took in 1917. Precisely 100 years to the day of...

Brittany Cities of Art

Little is known of the urban tradition in this maritime and agricultural land. Yet it dates from the XIth century, and for some cities, from the Middle Ages. There are four generations of towns: -...

Bastia: Corsica Calling

A cynic may suggest that the main reason Napoléon Bonaparte made Ajaccio the capital of Corsica in 1791 was because he’d been born there. Before that, Bastia held itself pre-eminent for centuries, and it...

A Complete Guide to Burgundy: Venture Beyond the Vineyards

Though famed for its incomparable vintages and world-class gastronomy, there is more to Burgundy than food and wine as Sylvia Edwards Davis discovers... Burgundy is perhaps best known for its excellent gastronomy and world-class wines,...
Musician-turned-actress Soko plays Loie Fuller in La Danseuse

La Danseuse: American Icons of La Belle Époque

A film by Stéphanie Di Giusto charts the lives of Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncan, two American girls who found friendship, fame and fortune in turn-of-the-century Paris. Talk about unlikely. When Midwesterner Loie Fuller – later to become a world-renowned Belle Époque...

Francophile Favourites: An Interview with WWII Veteran Mel Corren

I arrived in England in September of 1943. During the ten months I spent there, I experienced London air raids, the introduction of the V1 rockets and the departure of the Glider Troops to Normandy from the airfield close...

Travel to Amiens: Follow in the Footsteps of Author Jules Verne

Discover the long-term home of the celebrated, Nantes-born author and visionary.