France

Tips and Articles in France

PARIS Hôtel Prince de Conti 8 Rue Guénégaud, Paris; 800/949-7562 or 33-1/44-07-30-40, fax 33-1/44-07-36-34. Hotel Prince de Condé 39 Rue de Seine, Paris; 800/949-7562 or 33-1/43-26-71-56, fax 33-1/46-34-27-95. Doubles at both hotels from $163. ...
There aren’t many women who can say that they are a national emblem of femininity. Ines de la Fressange is one. She was the face of the Marianne statue—an official symbol of France found in the country’s city halls—throughout the 1990’s, and her n...
The 1970’s The traveler’s map sure looked different in T+L’s first decade. Future hot spots like Shanghai, Prague, Moscow, and Saigon were still well beyond the pale, but Americans were heading to Burma, to Iran (then booming under the shah), and...
On a recent jaunt through five of Europe’s eating capitals, I’d decided I would engage zero deconstructed asparagus or rearranged pot-au-feu. Instead I would set out across the Continent and England with a simpler goal: I wanted an illusion—at lea...
For Jennifer Rubell—known for large-scale, food-centric projects such as Padded Cell, a room with walls made from 1,800 cones of cotton candy meant for viewers to eat—traveling is about uncovering off-the-radar places most people wouldn’t even thi...
On a fashionable stretch of Rue St.-Honoré, between Place Vendôme and the Tuileries, a magic carpet twinkling with fiber-optic lights transports guests from the crowded street to a leafy garden at the heart of a listed Art Deco building. This is t...
Vikram Chatwal’s earliest travel memory? Fleeing his childhood home in Ethiopia during the 1974 revolution. But that didn’t dampen his love for the road. At the age of 28, the Sikh globe-trotter launched his namesake boutique hotel company in 1999...
The Trip The kings of France ditched Paris for the Loire Valley during the Renaissance, leaving the region littered with glorious châteaux. And who could blame them? This lush valley is a regal backdrop for elaborate castles, its fertile vineyard...
The Trip The sexy scenes of the Côte d’Azur—outsize yachts; star-studded film festivals; private beach clubs—belie the Riviera’s rich cultural heritage. Start your trip with an arts-centric introduction in St. Paul-de-Vence, in the hills above Ni...
The Trip There’s more to Champagne, France, than sparkling wine. An hour northeast of Paris on the TGV, the region is bubbling over with new spots to sip, eat, and stay. An 18th-century mansion turned 12-room eco-retreat, the Hôtel Jean Moët open...
The Trip Everyone comes to Paris to eat, a mission that can be equally inspiring and nerve-racking. Crack the code by letting culinary guide Wendy Lyn of the Paris Kitchen lead you on a tour, or just home in on some of her favorite places: In St....
Some details about the date in question remain more in question than others. For instance: the day of the week. Could it have been a Friday? Definitely possible. It wasn’t a Monday because Restaurant Nino is closed on that day, and so I wouldn’t ...
I know exactly where I was when I first realized how big food-on-television was going to get. It was 1997, the weekend just after Thanksgiving, and I was out in the suburbs staying with the parents of my then-girlfriend when, at one point, I found...
In the age of the "ephemeral museum," to borrow a phrase from art historian Francis Haskell, masterpieces are as likely to be flying around the world in jets as the cultural travelers in search of them. The most surprising development in the museu...
Keren Ann epitomizes the multicultural modern nomad: born to a Javanese-Dutch mother and a Russian-Israeli father, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter settled down in Paris at age 11. These days, the artist splits her time between Paris and New Yo...