Rue des Ursins: An Overlay of New and Old on Ile de la Cité,...

This Ile de la Cité street is Paris old and Paris new, all jammed into a rue 113 meters long and four meters wide. Two blocks away from Notre Dame, Rue des Ursins is...

Home Free: Voltaire’s Chateau at Ferney has Reopened its Doors

In these days of political correctness gone mad and outright intolerance, the reopening of Voltaire’s ‘bastion of free speech’ hasn’t come a moment too soon. Following a three-year €9m renovation, the philosopher and all-round...

Ernest Lavisse: A Little Book Makes a Big Comeback

It arrived in a bundle of second-hand books intended for a fund-raising sale - "it" being the Histoire de France: cours moyen by one Ernest Lavisse (18th edition, 1921). Worn round the edges, as might...

Nanny State: History of the Morvan’s Nourrices

Guy Hibbert delves into the Morvan’s little-known past as a breeding ground for nourrices... If you were a well-heeled Parisian lady in the 18th or 19th century, the last thing you needed to spoil the...

Great Wine Destinations: Alsace, Triumph over Adversity

The region of France with the most tumultuous history is also that which produces some of its very best wines. Jeffrey T Iverson heads east Most oenophiles agree that complexity is the sine qua non...

Blois, Of Visions and Visionaries: The Chateau Inspiration for Asheville’s Biltmore Estate

There are many châteaux in the Loire Valley, but only three interested a certain nineteenth-century railroad tycoon. Enthralled with French Renaissance châteaux, George Vanderbilt determined to build his own in the mountains of North...

Read the Signs: Rue Crémieux in Paris

Possibly one of the most Instagrammed spots in Paris, the colourful Rue Crémieux, with its rainbow of pastel-hued townhouses is the French capital’s answer to Notting Hill. This charming little street in the 12th...

Guide to the Stars: A Potted History of the Michelin Guide

Six months since the Bras affair fallout, we look back on the birth of the esteemed Michelin Guide and its cut-throat star system It’s been six months since chef extraordinaire Sébastien Bras was stripped of...

Things to See and Do in Calvados

Explore the département’s history, heritage, museums, festivals and outdoor activities Related articles: Calvados in Normandy: Tales from the Parisian Riviera Not-to-Miss Remembrance Sites in Calvados, Normandy HERITAGE AND CULTURE As the birthplace of William the Conqueror, Calvados is...

Film Review: L’Échange des princesses, Directed by Marc Dugain

1721. Desperate to seal peace with Spain, the Regent of France, hatches a plan: to marry Louis XV, 11, and Maria Anna Victoria, the four-year-old Spanish infant. He even goes one further, offering the...