jewellery craftsman Didier Guillemain

Parisian Walkways: Passage du Grand-Cerf

“Come, lovers of Paris, come to Passage Brady all filled with furs, to Passage du Grand-Cerf dressed in its delicate lace of ironwork, to Passage Sainte-Anne, whose guardian is a cat, to Passage du...

The Train Stations of Paris, Reborn

Entering a Paris train station in 1846, you would have been as likely to meet an elegant bourgeois couple in rustling silks as a gun-slinging hunter and his baying hounds setting out for a weekend’s shooting in the countryside, such...
Le Barbe à Papa, Paris

Parisian Walkways: Rue Condorcet in South Pigalle

South Pigalle is the new go-to neighbourhood of Paris. Endearingly dubbed ‘SoPi’ by the foreign press (though the name has never really caught on with the locals), the area has seen slews of new boutiques, bars and restaurants set up...
Popular Montorgueil Terrace, Le Compas

Parisian Walkways: Rue Montorgueil

Like so many flâneurs before and after him, France’s father of literary realism, Honoré de Balzac, spent a lifetime walking the streets of Paris, drawing inspiration from the cobblestones and the human spectacles he saw played out in boutique windows, street...
Musée de la Vie Romantique

The Secret Museums of Paris

With its striking glass pyramid and corridors packed with goodies from antiquity and classical art, the Louvre will – or should – be familiar to anyone who’s been to Paris. So too will the Musée d’Orsay’s mind-blowing collection of Impressionist...
An Erté 'costume collectif'

From Fashion to Movies: Erté & the History of Art Deco in Paris

The world’s first Art Déco building was the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées built in Paris prior to the First World War. Between the two wars, the style was popularized by designers and artists who used...
Beach near Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Three Days on the French Riviera Without Breaking the Bank

Do you love travelling to France, but shy away from the French Riviera because you think it’s all glitz and glamour? Most people I talk to have the same reaction: Don't I have to be...
The Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

Parisian Walkways: Forgotten Montmartre

Once the haunt of supremely influential artists, Montmartre somehow manages to retain its Belle Époque allure.  On a sunny Sunday afternoon in 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir set up his easel at an open-air café on the top of the Butte...
Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Beaulieu-sur-Mer: A Secret Hideaway on the Riviera

“They dined at the new Beach Casino at Monte Carlo… much later they swam in Beaulieu in a roofless cavern of white moonlight formed by a circlet of pale boulders about a cup of phosphorescent water, facing Monaco...
Menton

The French Riviera in Winter

Those who winter in the South of France sojourn in the shadow of greats. The blazing winter sun tempted 19th-century celebrity to the Côte d’Azur: royalty, nobility, artists, authors. Just as café follows déjeuner, the merely wealthy followed the fabulously...