France

Tips and Articles in France

In my 22 years as a fashion editor, I’ve logged endless hours packing and preparing for long trips to style capitals. Covering the shows requires a certain facility for street fashion. My dull gray pantsuits—the ones that work in Milan and New Yor...
celebrating the 20th century LONDON THE YEAR 1900: ART AT THE CROSSROADS ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS (JAN. 16-APRIL 3). A reassessment of the birth of modern art, this millennial show looks at the cultural currents that swirled around the year 1900, ho...
With peak season winding down and airfares and hotel rates (and summer temperatures) beginning to drop, September is the perfect time to visit the City of Light. Leave the throngs behind and mingle with locals during la rentrée, as shops and resta...
A couple of years ago, François Simon, the influential restaurant critic for Le Figaro, told me that French gastronomy needed a “crisis” in order to reinvent its doddering identity. At the time I barely listened. Who cared about a lot of sauce-str...
An easy long weekend from Paris, Normandy can be at its best in the fall, when the crowds have gone and the market towns are flush with the harvest. Rent a 1950’s Citroën from Vintage Roads (three-day rentals from $540), which will deliver your ca...
What stood out for you at Cannes this year? A highlight was the digital restoration of Luchino Visconti’s seminal 1963 Il Gattopardo, financed by Gucci and the Film Foundation. What other festival is worth the trip? The Berlin film festival (...
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia The Trip: A Taste of Croatia, $3,990 per person for 12 days (June–September); rowadventures.com. The Tour: While sailing Croatia’s coast, sample peppery Plavac Mali wines on the Pelješac Peninsula, harvest mussels on the...
Chicago Conductor Riccardo Muti takes over as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with a free concert in Millennium Park (Sept. 19; cso.org), then a Berlioz double bill (Sept. 23–28). Barbara Gaines, founder of the Chicago Shakespea...
Paris With close to 200 works, including figures and still lifes, “Claude Monet (1840–1926),” at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Sept. 22–Jan. 24; monet2010.com), offers a complete overview, from the artist’s travels along the Normandy a...
Paris The 25th Biennale des Antiquaires (Sept. 15–22; bdafrance.eu) has old masters, Midcentury Modern furniture, serious jewels—it’s all here—under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. Four leading French chefs cook up lunch and dinner at a resta...
French graffiti artist Monsieur André can now add hotelier to his résumé with the retro Hôtel Ermitage (Ave. Paul Signac; 33-4/94-97-52-33; ermitagehotel.fr; doubles from $310). Each of the 27 stylish rooms was decorated by one of his friends (Ch...
It is often cloudy in Deauville, even in summer. But that doesn’t stop the daily promenade on the famous boardwalk known as Les Planches. For all the many pleasures of this serene resort town, made semi-famous by its music and film festivals and i...
I came to understand that there are four Corsicas, each of them compelling, each of them quintessentially Corsican: the glamorous, sunblasted, sybaritic Corsica of the seaside resorts and the boldface names; the eco-wonderland Corsica of hearty ba...
The Spanish chain Quilibra is designed for sleep-deprived guests: indoor and outdoor spaces flow together to induce calm, rooms come with ambient-sound CD’s, and light levels are adjusted according to findings by the hotel’s “sleep institute.” Iro...
The stereotype of the surly Parisian maître d’ may be losing currency nowadays, but for the determined efforts of one man: Philippe Pinoteau, owner of Le Baratin, a bar à vin/bistro in the 20th Arrondissement. A skilled sommelier and manager, Pin...