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...

Palazzo Farnese

An extraordinary exhibit offers the public a rare look inside the French Embassy in Rome.

Calamity Jane in Paris

Her real name was Martha Jane Cannary Burke, but she became famous during her lifetime as Calamity Jane (1856-1903), a frontierswoman and companion of Wild Bill Hickok who followed the Gold Rush and later...

All That Glitters

A Best of France selection. Nothing really destined the Place Vendôme to be the nexus of French haute joaillerie, except that the sheer beauty of its late 17th-century architecture makes it a jewel in itself....