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.

Lavender, geranium, and mint are some of the scents that may inspire you during GoLearnTo.com’s weekend perfumery course in France’s verdant Languedoc region. In a sprawling 18th-century farmhouse near Montpellier, study base and top notes and concoct your own signature scent.

For restored, vintage, and pre-owned Hermès and Louis Vuitton trunks, leather goods, and jewelry, Le Monde du Voyage is the place to go. Located in the heart of the Paris Flea Market (Les Puces), this shop has been in business for more than two decades.

Château Cos d'Estournel is one of the top Haut-Médoc wine producers in Bordeaux’s St.-Estèphe region. The property sits on 200 acres with an impressive, yet somewhat quirky 19th century château (hand-carved doors imported from Zanzibar and Asian-style pagodas).

Based in Paris, Bonnie Brayham’s Purple Truffle is a travel design company that specializes in “authentic and extraordinary experiences” in the Franco-Italian region of Europe.

The shop stocks the indestructible moleskin riding pants worn by cowboys in the Camargue region of Provence owe their erotic cachet not just to the thigh- girding cut but to a graphic pencil line of contrast piping that runs down the legs.