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.

Housed in an 1826 Neoclassical retail arcade, Galerie du Passage has been visited by the likes of auction-house chairman Simon de Pury and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Château Grand Callamand is both a winery and a bed-and-breakfast. Located near the town of Pertuis in Luberon National Park, the château is owned by the Souzan-Delagrave family, who tend to both the vines and the inn.

Buy traditional dishes in yellows and greens.

At only 289 acres, the largely residential Third Arrondissement is the second smallest district in Paris. The neighborhood contains the northern section of Le Marais (the Marsh) district, established in 1240, as well as the city’s burgeoning Chinatown.

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.