Chateau de Beynac

12 of the Finest Dordogne Châteaux

The fascinating history of the Dordogne from medieval to modern times is brought to life by the grandeur and mystique of some of its splendid châteaux. When you visit these medieval fortresses, Renaissance palaces and...

Great Destinations in France: A World of New Adventure in Alsace

It's a part of France that is unlike any other (not least because it hasn't always been a part of France.) Much of the culture is distinctly German, and the influence of the Swiss...
Roman Days in the Arena

Why Nîmes is the Best Spot in France for History Lovers

France has so many amazing places to visit it's hard to decide where to start. If you're a Roman history buff, you must visit Nîmes. Nîmes is a city where you can see, touch and...
Café de la Presse

The Carrefours of France in San Francisco: Bush and Grant

During the 1849-50s Gold Rush, many French people came to San Francisco to find their fortune. It was San Francisco that grew rich with the addition of French culture, and that continuing influence is...
Georges Simenon with wife Tigy, Josephine Baker

Georges Simenon’s Paris: Following in the Footsteps of his Fictional Sleuth, Jules Maigret

No wonder Georges Simenon set most of the Maigret stories in Paris – 63 out of 75 of them in fact. Because Paris is a compact city, it provides an unrivalled stage for crime...

The Secrets of Roquefort: The History of the Most Famous Blue Cheese in France

The tiny town of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon draws visitors from around the world who come to learn about "the king of cheeses".
Space Invader at Rue du Temple in Paris

Read the Signs: Rue du Temple in Paris

It is one of the oldest streets in Paris, running 1,335 metres and linking Rue de Rivoli and Place de la République. Rue du Temple is named after the Knights Templar, who set up their headquarters in Paris in 1140, building a...
Château de Fontainebleau © Flammarion, SA, Paris, 2015 – photos by Eric Sander

Exclusive Excerpt: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

A château with “the shape and colour of time”. Such lyricism may come as something of a surprise from Napoléon, but these were the poetic terms he chose to describe Fontainebleau. This was the palace that he preferred to Versailles, which...

Saint Émilion: A Postcard-Perfect Hilltop Town in Dordogne

Sitting perched on a limestone hilltop like a graceful balcony above the Dordogne Valley, Saint-Émilion is a town in the Gironde department in southwest France. In 1999, Saint-Émilion became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honoured for its cultural...
The Château Grimaldi Musée Picasso in Antibes

Following Picasso on the French Riviera

The first question most people ask me about my novel, Cooking for Picasso, is usually, “Where did you get the idea for this story?” And I can’t help thinking, “The inspiration was right there...