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.
Recently rejuvenated after a $390 million renovation, notable architecture has been a symbol of Charles de Gaulle Airport since it opened in 1974. Today, look for showstopping features, such as moving sidewalks in glass tubes that crisscross through a soaring atrium.
The museum devoted to butterflies presents more than 4,500 species, many of them rare or endangered; most have been collected by the artist Dany Lartigue. Tours available by advance request.
Special Booking: For a group of women on a china- and silver-shopping excursion, the table at their private villa was set with different patterns, which were listed on the menu along with the food. Years as agent: 29.
The boutique for urban clothes horses carries women's fashions from Martin Margiela, Maria Calderara, and Ann Demeulemeester, as well as international labels, such as Yohji Yamamoto.
Swedish wine writer and author Britt Karlsson, a Paris resident since 1990, organizes 20 tours annually to wine regions in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, and Austria.
The late-19th-century building houses a satisfying number of Flemish and Dutch masters—including Rubens and van Dyck, and several first-rate landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael—and notable 19th-century French paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Delacroix, and Corot.