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At the crossroads of the 10th, 11th, 19th, and 20th districts, Belleville is known among Parisians as a miniature Chinatown and for its rowdy bars. But who knew that the area’s history was so...

As we all know, when it comes to la beauté, nobody knows how to maintain a strict regimen better than une Parisienne.  For decades, the Frenchwoman has meticulously planned and executed her skincare routine,...

It’s been a tough few weeks for France. On Wednesday, January 7, my husband stood transfixed in front of the television, muttering something about "some shooting somewhere in Paris."  Soon, it became more specific:  The...

Though most Europeans have no idea who Charles “Sparky” Schulz was, his “Peanuts” characters are known all over the world.  Until Wednesday's events, French cartoonists  Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Philippe...

            Notre Dame Bridge in 1511, oil by Nicolas Raguenet, 1756 Where did all the ruins go? Speak about “underground Paris” and visitors usually think of the Catacombs. But few visitors to the city know that...

“Eetz okay,” pronounced the chef in heavily accented English, after I had presented him with my apple tart. It was only my second day at Le Cordon Bleu, the culinary institution famous for producing...

            Montmartre quarry and tile roofs in 1826. Sitting on Swiss Cheese There is a saying here in France that goes “There is more of Montmartre in Paris, than Paris in Montmartre”.  What the Parisians...

You never forget your firsts, which may explain my affection for the scene of my debut into Parisian life. Although my heart is firmly planted on the Left Bank, the Marais never ceases to...

The elegant 7th is rich with art and culture, as well as the upper crust of society, with its dignified hotels particuliers housing ministries, embassies and luxurious private residences. Stately, subdued and refined, the...

The 5th arrondissement is abuzz with tourists and students and shoppers. But there are a few pockets of calm where you can relax and recharge, and one where the famous now simply rest in...

Bourges (Cher), St Stephan’s cathedral Why a rooster is the symbol of France A two and a half hour drive south of Paris, the city of Bourges’s narrow streets, majestic 12th century cathedral and over...

Director Xavier Dolan is considered a prodigy in France. At 25-years-old and with several Cannes prizes already under his belt, he’s being hailed as the French-Canadian Orson Welles. His new film, Mommy, has had...