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...

The 12 Most Iconic Sites of The Berry

The places you really should see while you are in this remarkable region of central France. Related article: Le Berry, The Green Heart of France BOURGES A UNESCO-listed cathedral, medieval city and tranquil marshland area make the...

Of Castles and Kings

Not for the rugged Auvergne the sophisticated luxury of Renaissance châteaux. The great Massif Central, with dense forests and wild emerald ranges of extinct volcanoes, calls for stronger stuff. The châteaux d'Auvergne are mostly...

A Pilgrim’s Progress: Following the Pilgrimage Route to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle

Ready to embark on the next chapter in his life, Daniel Kearney sets off on the Chemin du Puy pilgrim’s route to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in search of a new direction For twenty years I had a...

On the Trail of George Orwell in Paris

Following a well-trodden literary path taken by authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway and hoping to join their illustrious ranks, 25-year-old George Orwell (or Eric Blair – as he...

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...

Read the Signs: Avenue Foch in Paris

From elegant stretch to street of horror, and back Strolling along the leafy sidewalks of Avenue Foch, one could be forgiven for thinking that this elegant stretch was always this peaceful. After all, it is...
Nice, France

A Flâneur in Old Nice

Whether I turn left or right in Vieux Nice I get lost. No matter that I’ve walked throughout its labyrinthine lanes, browsing the shops and dining at most of the restaurants in this ‘village’ within a city. Its...

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...

The Legend of the Beast of Gévaudan

Inside the legend of the murderous creature and the cross-dressing soldiers enlisted to defeat it The year was 1764, and villagers across the land were hysterical with fear over the mysterious “Beast of Gévaudan” and...