History

History

Corey Frye, also known as "A French Frye in Paris," spends much of his days pounding the cobblestones in Paris as he leads tours around the city. Along the way, he spots wonderful details,...

Just 30 minutes from Paris, the Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise, in its 5-hectare park setting, was constructed by a rich Italian financier at the court of Catherine de Medici around 1635. The village of Auvers-sur-Oise is...

The Monnaie de Paris historic center of coin production, and the only working factory in the city, opened to the public on 30 September, 2017 - after six years of transformation work. The Mint...

"Photographing a cake can be art."—Irving Penn Irving Penn is considered to be one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, and 2017 marks the centenary of his birth – in Plainfield, New Jersey...

The release this month of the film Gauguin-Voyage de Tahiti, with Vincent Cassel of Black Swan fame in the lead role, coincides with a hugely important exposition of Gauguin’s works at the Grand Palais from...

Doing the research for my novel, The Pilot; Fighter Planes and Paris, I embarked on a night-time quest in the City of Light to visit some of Ernest Hemingway's old haunts, those he frequented...

What do a market gardener, an accordion player, a grumpy concierge, and a leather-clad hairdresser have in common? They all, at some point, have shared in the legendary history of the rue de Lappe...

Pierre François Lacenaire was an unlikely criminal to catch the imagination of the French public; his crimes were deliberate, brutal and born out of bitterness against what he perceived as ‘an evil and wrong...

David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. He is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, two thrillers,...

In the early 19th century hundreds of Americans were inspired by a wave of enterprising, progressive and talented people who migrated to Paris, the cultural capital of Europe, then comprising four times the population...

"Un bon cuisinier est un cuisinier qui fait sa propre cuisine et qui la mange."  “A good cook is a cook who makes his own food and eats it.” -- Christian Millau The celebrated food critic,...

In an age where the words "icon" and "legend" are common, and sometimes undeservedly used, the death of Jeanne Moreau was a reminder of the true meaning of these accolades, for Jeanne Moreau was...