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...

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...

Virginia d’Albert-Lake: An American Heroine

I can still hear her voice—confident, clear and a little plummy. After all, by that time, in 1989, she was 79 years old and had been through a lot. In fact, she’d been through...

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...