France

France Travel Guide

The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes, picnicking, swimming (even though the water never averages more than 64 degrees), buying honey at the market, wearing out the plastic cafe furniture.

Ask to see the Socoa models.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays the largest open air market in Paris is held on the Avenue du President Wilson. White trucks bring goods from the French countryside, including inexpensive table wines, cheeses, oils, home baked breads, sweets, and vegetables.

Merci is the creation of Marie-France and Bernard Cohen, who founded the children’s couture clothing brand Bonpoint.

The family-run shop produces handmade chocolates spiked with such unlikely ingredients as fennel, onion, and lavender, as well as pralines and traditional barres marseillaises (fruit-studded dark chocolate).

Château Beychevelle is an estate along La Gironde about 30 miles northwest of Bordeaux near the village of St.-Julien.

In the Eighth Arrondissement, near the Eglise de la Madeleine and not far from the Champs Elysees, this French fashion shop features a black façade with the company name in white over the doors, set among Haussmann buildings.