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La Culture: Top Summer Picks Selected by France Today’s Arts Correspondent

Picasso, A Genius without a Pedestal 270 works by Picasso from the point of view of the artist looking for inspiration. The exhibit draws the visitor into the world of music, the circus, bullfighting, and the artist’s many travels. Until 29 August...

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,...

500 Year Anniversary: Leonardo da Vinci in the Loire Valley

With François I as patron, Leonardo da Vinci received a handsome pension to live in Amboise. He is known to have put his engineering genius to good use to help create lavish celebrations and even drew up plans to...

Angers: Exploring the Capital of Historic Anjou

Angers is sheer delight, la douce France at her best. Handsomely situated along the Maine tributary of the Loire, Angers is luminous and laid back, indulging in splashes of flowers and numerous gardens. They...

12 Unmissable Sites: Great Places to Visit in the Limousin

The Limousin is the most sparsely-populated area of mainland France (only Corsica has a lower population density) but that does not mean a shortage of things to do and places to see. The capital, Limoges,...

Sèvres: Royal Wares

A Best of France selection. In 1740, a factory was established in the town of Vincennes, just outside of Paris, to produce soft-paste porcelain—a substitute for true, hard-paste porcelain—since deposits of the necessary ingredient for the...

Discover The ‘Terroir’ of the Western Front 14-18

Just as the military sites of The Western Front 14-18 are unique in world history, so too is the ‘terroir’ of the five regions – Northern France, Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace. This evocative French...

Puy de Dôme: Summit a Volcano in France

Even if you’ve traveled to every nook and cranny of France, discovering such diverse geographical regions you’d think you had hopped continents, there’s always something new to explore. Take the Auvergne region in central...

An Exclusive Excerpt from “Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days”

From the splendours of Versailles to the dungeons of the Conciergerie, Will Bashor charts the coquettish queen’s harrowing final weeks in solitary confinement, awaiting her call with Madame Guillotine. Here, the award-winning author offers...

The Ninth Art?

For an understanding of Charles de Gaulle’s middle way during the Cold War, Astérix might seem an unlikely place to start. After all, Astérix is set in Roman-occupied Gaul, 2,000 years before the general’s...