France

Tips and Articles in France

See our slideshow of the World’s Strangest Restaurants. You cross a wooden walkway, walk down some steps, and find a restaurant with just six tables. Not so strange. On the menu are items like reef-fish carpaccio and Wagyu beef. Not so strange ei...
See our slideshow of Europe’s Hottest New Artists. Just as the fast-paced life of Manhattan has a staring role in the films of Woody Allen, and the eccentric streets of Baltimore are John Water’s muse, artists everywhere are influenced by the pla...
Chicago: The Look of the New One of America’s greatest encyclopedic museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, is breathing new life into its hallowed halls with an ambitious transformation that leaves few corners of the venerable 130-year-old instit...
Just inside the front entrance of the Paris Ritz and steps away from the hotel’s Bar Vendôme, home of the $83 lobster club, is a limed-oak door you have no reason to have ever noticed, though your entire happiness as a guest hangs on the decisions...
New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art is honoring its outgoing director with “The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions” (October 24–February 1; metmuseum.org), showcasing some 300 of the more than 84,00...
Conceived by Karl Lagerfeld, designed by Zaha Hadid, and commissioned by the house that Coco built to mark the 50th anniversary of an iconic handbag, the Chanel Mobile Art pavilion is a provocative synthesis of style, culture, and commerce. The ro...
When the author Janet Flanner called her famed collection of essays Paris Was Yesterday, she wasn’t, of course, referring to handbags. But she might have been. The City of Light is responsible for many enduring reveries (both sartorial and otherwi...
The walls of the Gallo-Roman amphitheaters in the Rhône Valley city of Lyons will shake to the beats of the music festival Fourvière Nights (33-4/72-57-15-40; www.nuits-de-fourviere.org; through August 6). In attendance: Ravi Shankar, Lenny Kravit...
Cultural Hit List Art Europe London "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist Bourgeois is still going strong in her nineties. This show, which spans seven decades of dra...
White Mojito Plaza Athénée A blend of elder flower, violet, and rose essences adds plenty of zing. Garden of Eden Hotel Bel-Air Don’t miss this tart concoction made with organic honey, cucumber, and lime juice. Endless Summer New York Palace...
You’ve chilled out in an ice hotel, slept in a jail, and holidayed in a tree house. What’s next? In Stockholm, entrepreneur Oscar Diös is redefining the term airport hotel with the Jumbo Hostel (doubles from $150), in a revamped 747-200 parked at ...
How often do you travel? I travel at least once a month for work and have become a bit of a nomad. Each year we go on one big trip as a family. I usually take my children–Elettra is 21 and Roberto just turned 10–to France and Italy so they can pr...
I'll be in the south of France this summer and am curious to see how perfume is made. Are there any factories that offer behind-the-scenes tours?—C.B., ORLEANS, MASS. With its abundance of jasmine, lavender, orange blossoms, and roses, Provence i...
Portofino This small fishing port on the Italian Riviera draws the big names—and the big boats—of the beau monde. Getting Around The best beaches are accessible only by sea, but if you won’t be chartering your own yacht, take a half-hour ferry ...
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