Saint-Tropez: All-Season Seacoast

Off-season Saint-Tropez is surprisingly calm, making it easy to understand what attracted crowds in the first place.

On Track for Versailles

Louis XIV would surely have been just as surprised as unsuspecting passengers as they hopped aboard what looked like a standard RER C suburban train to find its interior elegantly decked out in high-tech...

La Grande Singerie

Well-dressed monkeys cavort on the walls of the princely domain of Chantilly.

The Château de Monte-Cristo

When an architect informed Alexandre Dumas that it would cost several hundred thousand francs to create the elaborate English-style estate he envisioned, the highliving French writer is said to have replied, “I certainly hope...

Time for an Apéro

It's the mellowest moment of a day in France, a delightful interlude between the day's activity and a pleasurable meal: l'heure de l'apéro. When a waiter says those magic words—Désirez-vous un apéritif?—think of it as...

Fondue Savoyarde: A Recipe and History of the Alpine Delicacy

For most people fondue symbolizes Switzerland, but for the French, cheese fondue is 100% Savoyarde.

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".

Reasons to Love Perpignan

Caroline Hill loves the capital of French Catalonia, a vibrant city undergoing major regeneration Before settling here we searched all the corners of France, and many of the middle bits, and just could not decide...

L’Enclos des Gobelins: The History of Dye in the 13th Arrondissement

French heritage meets contemporary design.

The Mont Blanc Express

Chugging through the Alps for over a century, the Mont Blanc Express was the first railway of its kind in the world.