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Shirley Bassey belted out her classic 007 song as we sped through the countryside. The sun was high. We were in France. Going fast. In a Jaguar."Bond... Read More

Now pooches can travel in the lap of luxury—doggie-style, of course—at fine hotels around the world.Hôtel de Crillon, Paris 33-1/44-71-15-00; www... Read More

Places selling sustenance to passersby are at least as old as Pompeii. But it took the French to invent the restaurant. In late-18th-century Paris,... Read More

These days, a monogram isn't enough. Women around the world are customizing their handbags—picking the style, skin, and size of their arm candy. At the... Read More

The latest train trips give you plenty of reasons to get on board. India's Deccan Odyssey (800/824-6342; www.deccan-odyssey-india.com; from $350 a night... Read More

Travelers who have complained about the confusing layout, spartan facilities, and interminable wait for baggage at Charles de Gaulle's Terminal One will... Read More

What do you do when you're young, French, and have a knack for patisserie?If you're 33-year-old Sébastien Gaudard, you open Delicabar (26 rue de Sèvres;... Read More

Paris's über-deluxe Plaza Athénée (25 Ave. Montaigne; 866/732-1106; www.plaza-athenee-paris.com; doubles from $765) now has an equally decadent product... Read More

Before there were celebrity chefs, there was the celebrity restaurateur: Sirio Maccioni, the unflappable owner of New York's Le Cirque 2000. Friend and... Read More

There is a famous story about the time fashion designer Paul Poiret stopped Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel on the street in Paris and gazed disdainfully at her... Read More

Chief Environmental Officer Tom Arnold of TerraPass, a San Francisco–based organization dedicated to helping Americans decrease their carbon footprint,... Read More

Back in the mid eighties, Azzedine Alaïa, the diminutive Tunisian-born Parisian designer, made ultra-sexy dresses that defined a fashion moment. Then,... Read More

Parisians are so obsessed with detail, even sweeteners are getting the designer treatment. Sugar-substitute maker Canderel ($1.80; www.canderel.net) has... Read More

It all began in 2000 with the Alain Ducasse stronghold at the Plaza Athénée (25 Ave. Montaigne; 33-1/53-67-65-00; www.alain-ducasse.com; dinner for two ... Read More

Paris's Musée Guimet opens new doorsto art — from Afghanistan to VietnamThough we may scorn the colonial pretensions of collector Émile Guimet, we can... Read More

I was born and raised in Paris, and yet it is only now, as a visitor, that I can wander the city of my childhood at will. "What were you doing there?"... Read More

Bilbao, Los Angeles, and Düsseldorf can all claim distinctive Frank Gehry––designed landmarks, but for almost a decade, Paris has had the rarest Gehry... Read More

VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk... Read More

Some might say that the biggest event of the Paris fashion season happened not on the runways but on the Champs-Élysées. In time for its 150th... Read More

Palaces with grand prices or cozy yet cramped pensions—those were the kinds of hotels that Paris had always done best. What was missing, concluded... Read More

"What's in the bag?" asked Jean-Paul Gaultier, pointing to the overstuffed satchel I had been trying to conceal. Several years ago, in Paris to... Read More

It used to be that the only option open to gastronauts wanting to taste and buy a broad range of handcrafted food products from the six corners of... Read More

We are overlapping elbows in a tight corner at Chez L'Ami Jean, a raffish little joint in the Seventh Arrondissement recently taken over by Stéphane... Read More

Hedi Slimane, famous for his form-fitting menswear for Dior Homme, has created another up-to-the-minute classic: the round Chiffre Rouge watch,... Read More

Winter may be just around the corner, but that's not stopping a group of renegade mixologists from going glacial. New Yorkers are sipping icy dessert... Read More

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