• Photo of the Week - December 12, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken during a 1965 production of Tchaïkovski's Casse-noisette (The Nutcracker) at l'Opéra de Paris. The ballet was based on Alexandre Dumas' adaptation of E. T. A. Hoffman's 1816 novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892. Tchaïkovski composed parts of the ballet in Rouen, France. Fifty years after this photo was taken, one can still see the iconic ballet at l'Opéra de Paris from the end of November until the end of December.


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
  • Endangered Villages

    By Sue Aran

    Many years ago I attended a reading with a friend of mine at a wonderful travel store in Seattle, Washington, called Wide World Travel, when she and I first considered the possibility of buying and sharing a house amongst our families in France. The reading was given by Laurence Raybois who had written a small book called Chez Moi - The Foreigner's Guide to Buying a Home in France.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 )
  • The Amazing Story of Loc-Dieu

    By Christian Hery

    As the oldest Cistercian abbey in Aveyron, France it might seem like a square of stones laying in the countryside. However there's something magical about Loc-Dieu — means 'God's location'— and it's sort of a miracle as such an harmony has survived through centuries.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 )
  • Étrangers à la Mode

    By Caroline Goldthorpe

    Since the 18th century France has been the leader of the fashion world for the wealthy, fashionably-dressed throughout Europe and the US. Cut off from France during the Napoleonic Wars, the English hurried back to Paris to catch up on the latest styles as soon as hostilities ceased and Americans too watched Paris for direction on all aspects of dress, from the length of their sleeve to the volume of their skirt.  Even Queen Victoria loved French silks and wore Parisian-made gowns.  And into this chic world arrived a young fashion designer from England named Charles Frederick Worth.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 )
  • Pierre Soulages, the 'Painter of Black' is Born in Aveyron

    By Christian Hery

    Pierre Soulages is a French painter, engraver, and sculptor born in 1919 who sees light as a matter to work with. He has been been described by some as “the world's greatest living artist”. Read more...


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
  • Clover by Jean-François Piège: Restaurant L’AG & Cedric Grolet's Dali Tea-Time

    By Margaret Kemp

    We all know what Jean-Francois Piège is getting for Xmas. A new left-bank bistro! Le Beaumarchais opens and is « the place to be » in the quartier Bastille. Alan Geaam launches L’AG his prêt-a-porter eatery. Tea-Time at Le Dali is an hommage to the surrealist who loved to dangle lobsters, on the end of a fishing rod, from his suite, to the amazement of passers-by.


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
  • Parlez Vous Franglais?

    By Kymberley Baker

    Amour.  Those who daydream about France envision lovers strolling along the Seine holding hands, or perhaps stealing a kiss over an espresso at a café, but in Paris, love exists in all shapes and forms. It’s amour that seeps out of the city’s old walls, and that hangs in the smell of baking bread every morning.  Here, even the smallest things can be beautiful and deemed worthy of it.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 December 2014 )
  • Spicy City

    By Sally Peabody

    I love French food.  Who doesn’t? But even the most besotted Francophile sometimes harbors yearnings for a steaming bowl of chinese noodles, a juicy burger, or perhaps a harissa-spiked tagine.  My particular culinary Achilles-heel is spice and heat.  I love pepper in all guises and inevitably find myself yearning for hot and spicy food when sojourning in France for more than a few days.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 December 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - December 5, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo is from Jules et Jim, one of French new wave cinema's seminal films by director François Truffaut. Released in 1962, the film was based on Henri-Pierre Roché's 1953 semi-autobiographical novel about his relationship with writer Franz Hessel (who inspired Jules) and Helen Grund, whom Hessel later married. The Cinémathèque Francaise is currently doing an exhibition on Truffaut's work, thirty years after his death at the age of 52. The exhibit retraces Truffaut's journey through archives given to the Cinémathèque, and is up until February 8th, 2015.


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
  • Revealing the Shadows - Portraits of the New Parisians'

    By Laura Packham

    Most people, at one time or another, fantasize about throwing it all in and booking a one-way ticket to Paris. But who are the people that really do it? And what happens after the ever-after? As part of Paris Photo month, a new exhibition ‘Revealing the Shadows - Portraits of New Parisians,’ aims to explore exactly this, as Laura Packham writes.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 December 2014 )
  • Mickey Mouse and the Gurs Concentration Camp

    By Loui Franke

    There is one concentration camp that is not often mentioned but it has a varied and interesting history. It is Gurs. This was the largest concentration camp in the south of France near to the town of Pau in the region of Aquitaine. Aquitaine is in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 December 2014 )
  • New York or Paris or Both, You Choose

    By Shaohong Luo

    New Yorkers think New York is the greatest city on earth and Parisians find it hard to understand why it’s necessary for any city apart from Paris to exist at all. But if you weren’t born and bred in either, you’d be forgiven for noticing more than a few similarities between the two.


    Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 )
  • Astier : Belhara Bistro : Grand Vefour Bûche & Les Airelles News Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Located next door to Frederic Hubig-Schall’s Jeanne A & the authentic Italiano Sassotondo, Astier, created in 1956 by Monsieur et Madame Astier, ticks all the boxes. The left-bank former Léo le Lion, a favourite of Curnonsky (1872-1956) Prince of Gastronomes, is now Bistrot Belhara, Curno would deffo approve. Check out Grand Vefour’s Xmas Bûche and snag a Hermès bag at Les Airelles, Courchevel.


    Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 )
  • An Off-the-Beaten Path French Tour Path Filled with Goosebump Moments is Awaiting You with Experience (my) France

    By Christian Hery

    Particularly alluring to our past guests have been the multitude of ancient churches, castles and village architecture which recalled both the simplicity and dangers of Medieval times. Read more...


    Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - November 28, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This year, I've noticed quite a few storefronts publicizing Thanksgiving day necessities. This photo is a prime example, capturing a butcher's window that reads "Pour Thanksgiving, Dinde sur Commande!" (For Thanksgiving, turkey to order). The épicerie 'Thanksgiving' in the marais is the place to go for stocking up on all Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. Harry's Bar, the oldest American bar in Paris (they recently celebrated their 100th anniversary) does a special Thanksgiving day lunch, with a menu of pumpkin soup, club sandwiches, cole slaw, pecan pie and brownies.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 )

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