Lalique

Extravagant and sublime, the jewelry René Lalique designed at the turn of the 20th century makes him one of the most brilliant creative artists of Art Nouveau in France. In 1910, his work too...

On Track for Versailles

Louis XIV would surely have been just as surprised as unsuspecting passengers as they hopped aboard what looked like a standard RER C suburban train to find its interior elegantly decked out in high-tech...

Secret Valley of the Hérault

La Vall If you prefer to wander from the beaten path where pilgrim tourists throng in their hundreds, and discover untouched paradises, then look no further. It is possible to lose the crowds, to escape...

Perpignan: Catalan Capital

For Salvador Dalí, Perpignan was the "centre du monde". More specifically, the pivotal point for the Surrealist painter was the city's somewhat nondescript railroad station, the Gare SNCF, which made a bizarre impact on...

Parisian Walkways: Rue Saint-Paul in the Marais District

While the Marais continues to develop and its ever-rising rents become increasingly unaffordable, Jeffrey T Iverson slips onto a street where independents still thrive Ever since the 9th century, when the Abbaye de Sainte-Opportune first...

Catherine Pégard

She’s a small, slim woman with golden brown hair and a discreet elegance. Usually perched on high-heeled pumps, Pégard has recently added comfortable walking shoes to her wardrobe—indispensible for trekking the four miles of...

In the Footsteps of Madame de Pompadour

Chloe Govan delves into the life of King Louis XV’s mistress and reveals her controversial role as a revolutionary in the worlds of art, politics and religion In the final portrait of Madame de Pompadour,...

Club Med: The Story Behind the Iconic French Brand

The very first ‘all-inclusive’ holiday didn’t include running water, electricity or private rooms. Guests slept in tents on the beach, played sports together in the fresh air, shared food under the pine trees and...

Remembering Oradour-sur-Glane

As Remembrance Day approaches (November 11), we are reminded of the horrors of war and of the soldiers who have given their service and often their life in the name of freedom. The day...

A Trip to the Historic Towns of Orange and Arles in Provence

It's a warm Provence morning in early August and the historic streets of Orange in Vaucluse are already buzzing with the promise of tonight’s major cultural offering. Television crews amble around outside the magnificent open-air Roman theatre, the Théâtre...