Out and About in Clermont-Ferrand

Gateway to the Massif Central and strategically situated in the centre of France, the historic capital of Auvergne makes a good base for exploring the villages. Originally it was two separate towns. On the top...

5 Must-See Exhibitions in Paris this Autumn

Caravaggio’s Roman Period Devoted to the tumultuous Roman years of the leading figure of early 17th-century Italian painting, nine masterpieces by Caravaggio will be brought together for this unique event at the Musée Jacquemart-André. Until January...

Off the Beaten Track in Champagne: Mussy-sur-Seine

Anyone who has followed my writing about France knows that my favourite village in France is Essoyes, in the southern Champagne region, near the border of Burgundy. But this article will focus on another very...
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Those Magnificent Men: France and Aviation History

In 1909, businessman Louis Blériot astonished the world by flying across the Channel France soared into aviation history on July 25, 1909, when Louis Blériot piloted the first aeroplane across the English Channel, accomplishing what...
Marilyn Monroe, 1956 by Cecil Beaton

5 Must-See Exhibitions in France this Winter

There is so much to see this winter, in Paris and in the provinces. On y va? Hodler Monet Munch The Marmottan-Monet museum presents these three painters as a journey through the three pivotal movements of European modernity: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. Until...

Savoring the Slow Road: Cruising the Burgundy Canal by Barge

From the deck of my hotel barge, I glimpse into the heart of rural France, admiring lush pastures of grazing Charolais cattle and the verdant hills of Burgundy’s pastoral landscape. We are cruising at...

Corsica: Island Life in Calvi and La Balagne

There’s a whiff of Pastis on the ocean breeze as a huddle of well-oiled older gents swaps jokes and songs. One of them, possibly an octogenarian and definitely a local ‘character’, noodles away on...

Not Your Typical Classroom: Live and Learn en Provence

If you want to learn French, properly, you will need to put some work in, but, as Dominic Bliss discovered, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at the same time This is not your...
Musée Picasso Paris

Book Review: Musée Picasso Paris by Anne Baldassari

Anne Baldassari, former President of the Musée Picasso Paris, presents this comprehensive volume covering all aspects of Picasso’s artistic career, from self-portraits to sculpture to photography, as well as an extensive chronology of his...
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...