Troyes: Rainbows in Champagne

Lively Troyes, with its pink and yellow houses, is an unspoiled treasure trove of art and architecture.

Jefferson Amid the Ruins

On his excursion to the south of France, Jefferson reveled in the magnificent remnants of Roman Gaul.

Hollywood’s Paris at the Hôtel de Ville

Paris has always fascinated Hollywood, and American filmmakers have depicted the city, sometimes more imaginatively than realistically, in their films since the birth of cinema. Now an exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville, Paris Vu...

Pure Decadence at Vaux le Vicomte

It's been called the loveliest château in France, a perfectly proportioned masterpiece of French 17th-century architecture, decorative arts and garden design. Created by a remarkable man who surrounded himself with the greatest artists of...

The Château de Tocqueville

"Dear Tocqueville!” the young author of Democracy in America wrote in an 1837 letter to his wife, speaking of his family château. “I can never imagine it as anything other than a refuge of peace...

Catherine Pégard

She’s a small, slim woman with golden brown hair and a discreet elegance. Usually perched on high-heeled pumps, Pégard has recently added comfortable walking shoes to her wardrobe—indispensible for trekking the four miles of...

Côte de Granit Rose

Brittany, the rocky arm of France that juts far westward into the sea, is a country all its own. Washed by the English Channel on the north and the Atlantic Ocean along the rest...

Canal du Midi: Trees in Trouble

Thousands of plane trees along the Canal du Midi are scheduled to be felled, victims of an incurable disease.

The Medieval Loire

At first glance, the 92-foot-high castle keep of Montbazon may appear to be just another of the many medieval fortresses found throughout the French countryside. But it’s no ordinary pile of stones. Built between...

Paradise Regained: The Gardens of Brécy

Ever since Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, mankind has been striving to recreate Eden on earth. Brécy, the most dazzling small-scale 17th-century formal garden in private hands in France today is just...