Ski Season in Grenoble

Grenoble is a vibrant city surrounded by three mountain ranges and more than 200 ski resorts.

The Musical Angels of Nicolas Flamel

A lovely stone house on a long narrow street in the Marais served as refuge for poor itinerant laborers who came from the provinces to cultivate the nearby market gardens. In exchange for a...

L’Hôtel Particulier, Une Ambition Parisienne

Private Parisian mansions, among the city’s most emblematic architectural treasures, are celebrated by an exceptional exhibition, L’Hôtel Particulier, Une Ambition Parisienne, at the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine.“Having your own townhouse was like...

The Canal du Midi: A Gourmet Journey

On the third day of living on the water, in the dappled shade of the great green nave of plane trees, I woke early to bird song. Then a buttery waft told me the...

Exploring the Most Beautiful Villages in France

We all think we've been to the most beautiful villages in France – and we all have our favourites – that effortlessly impart a deep sense of France à l’ancienne, of local life seemingly...

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...

How Monet’s Garden Grew

Dazzling drifts of color greet the eye in the flower garden that Monet called Le Clos Normand.

Once and Future Passages

The glass-roofed passages and galleries of Paris, dated but full of charm, are slowly coming back to life.

Intriguing Bastides

During the 11th and 12th centuries in France, a small community huddled for protection at the foot of a fortified feudal castle was known as a castrum, or bourg astral, or castellan. A settlement...

Claude Delhief, Glypticien

The art of carving small stones originated in Mesopotamia some 5,000 years ago, when soft stones were engraved to make seals. Today glyptics—from the Greek word for carve—includes the carving of seals, signets, cameos...