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Ask the History Doctor: I got back from Paris a while ago and while I was there a lot of people seemed to make a big deal out of whatever happened on the Place...

When my husband and I decided to get married he said, "Why don't we get married in this little village north of Annecy?" I had never even heard of Annecy, much less the little village of Allonzier-la-Caille....

Dear History Doctor: What can you tell me about Diane de Poitiers? I know she was connected with Henri II, but what is this stuff about marrying a younger man? Signed, Not So Young Myself Dear Not...

You've decided it's finally time to see Paris, and perhaps more of France, too. How do you set about getting there? If you're the kind of traveler who likes spontaneity, you get on a plane and worry...

Marc and Francoise Meneau have welcomed The Queen Mother, the Nixons, Princess Caroline and Prince Ernst of Hanover, Presidents Giscard d'Estaing, Mitterand and Chirac to their hotel/restaurant, L'Esperance at Vezelay. An easy two-hour drive...

Rue Descartes, and its continuation rue Mouffetard, follow the course of the ancient Roman way that led to the south. A city gate was built here in 1200, La Porte Bourdelle, and rue Descartes...

Aline Chapurlat is facing her worst nightmare. Standing in her stripped-down studio, once again just an ordinary garage, the French painter, a slender 47-year-old with an Audrey Hepburn-esque chignon and startling blue eyes, surveys the place where...

"Put fresh grouse in the freezer for 14 days, then marinate them in milk", advises Philippe Legendre of Le Cinq restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel George V.   The slim shady superchef is a keen...

Vaux-le-Vicomte is a magnificent chateau approximately 60 km south of Paris. Built between the years of 1656 and 1661, it is a fine example of French classicism. Fouquet, Louis XIV's finance minister, commissioned an...

VIEW AND CLIENTELEThrough the Lalique embossed windows gleams the golden dome of Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried. The great and the good fly in from, say, California in the Netjet, eat lunch and...

Parsley?” asks my son the chef.“Here,” I reply.“That's not parsley, it's chervil, you gone blind?”Help! What do I do? At the Avenue President Wilson (Wed-Sat) morning market I've picked up what I thought was flat leaf...

Dear History Doctor: We just returned from Paris, and we had some trouble in the elevators. We finally figured out that the first floor is the second floor, and the second floor is the...