History

History

From the day it was completed in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s Fair, the Iron Lady showcases the beating heart of the city. “I ought to be jealous of the Tower, she is...

Celebrating cooler weather and fresh starts, let’s take the plunge and re-charge the batteries with five slightly bizarre bathtub tales from the City of Light. And why not? As my indomitable grandmother used to say,...

An interesting fact about Paris church organs: I read recently that out of the 150 churches and 50 convents in Paris in 1789, 130 of them vanished as a result of the “tsunami” that...

For fifty years Parisian cultural life centered on the writer Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. Known simply as Colette, her name was one of the most famous in France. At her death in 1954, Colette’s fame was...

Albert Corre’s Paris restaurant is unique; Le Petit Pergolèse is a chic canteen, art gallery and club; there’s no rules for membership, just book a table and you’re in. The clientele goes from rock...

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Anne Hidalgo (@annehidalgo) on Sep 30, 2018 at 3:50am PDT Legendary Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel passed away in 2016, but her legacy lives on, and not just...

Henri-Désiré Landru was born in Paris in 1869. His checkered career of fraud and swindling elderly widows soon escalated to callously murdering 10 of his victims. His life began inauspiciously enough, joining the French...

When you think of France's wine-growing regions, Paris doesn't immediately spring to mind. How delightful to discover the pretty working vineyard, on top of Montmartre hill, in the shadow of Sacré-Cœur. In October there's...

In 1849, Suzanne Leenhoff was employed by the wealthy, bourgeois Manet family to teach their sons Édouard (aged 17) and Eugène (16), the piano. Why Leenhoff, then herself only 19 years old, left Zaltbommer...

With the heat of summer, I crave the sweetly perfumed white-fleshed peaches that arrive at the markets in Paris from the south of France. But nearly 150 years ago, Parisians stocked up on peaches...

"I have been to hell and back, and let me tell you, it was wonderful." Louise Bourgeois's quote perfectly captures her droll insightfulness about the vicissitudes of life. She considered her artwork, which spanned most...

You’d expect a business whose tagline is Feeding the Mind, Nourishing the Soul to offer travel experiences that are as memorable as they are unique. Recently, when the culinary tourism company Epicurean Exchange engaged...