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.

Ski Season in Grenoble

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