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At the new fashion museums popping up across Europe, you can put this season's micro-minis and kaleidoscopic prints into historic context. Zandra Rhodes has just opened the Fashion and Textile Museum (83 Bermondsey St.; 44-207/403-0222; www.ftmlo...
The past year has seen countless boutique openings in Paris. Here are a few of our favorites. CLOTHING Yves Saint Laurent's former muse Loulou de la Falaise has thrown open the doors to her very own atelier and shop (7 Rue de Bourgogne, Seventh Ar...
"No, monsieur, not like zat." Quicker than you can say Melissa officinalis, the bouquet of roses, anemones, hyacinths, poppies, and viburnum leaves I had spent 40 minutes proudly composing was destroyed by Eric Chauvin, a lean French florist in h...
Parisians had reason to stay in town last August: the inaugural Paris Plage, a two-mile-long "beach" that ran along the Seine from the Tuileries to the Pont de Sully. Despite initial grumbling from motorists (the highway parallel to the Seine was ...
How do you finish off a sinful meal in Paris?Not with dessert, judging by the batch of restaurants adding massages to their menus. Wednesday through Sunday nights at Nirvana (3 Ave. Matignon; 33-1/53-89-18-91; dinner for two $184), just off the Ch...
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 drove a Jag in Goldfinger, you know," David said as Shirley continued to wail. Actually, Bond d...
They adopted the exclusive, velvet-rope attitude of nightclubs, and in the process raised the bar for service, look, and vibe. They spawned (for better and worse) hundreds if not thousands of wannabes. They made the prospect of spending a night in...
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.crillon.com Perks: A personal welcome from the concierge; a dog tag with the hotel's logo and addre...
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, people for the first time were able to eat what they wanted, when they wanted, with the added filli...
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 sunny boutique April in Paris (55 Clement St., San Francisco; 415/750-9910; www.aprilinparis.us...
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 per person) comes with every amenity imaginable—including a spa car. Now there's no excuse for...
Travelers who have complained about the confusing layout, spartan facilities, and interminable wait for baggage at Charles de Gaulle's Terminal One will be thrilled to learn that the 30-year-old structure is due for a $258 million overhaul. Starti...
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; 33-1/42-22-08-60; lunch for two $30), a chic snack bar at Le Bon Marché. The candy-colored caf...
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 for sale. These cherry-red bedroom scuffs ($148), custom-made by Spanish leather designer Loewe...
Before there were celebrity chefs, there was the celebrity restaurateur: Sirio Maccioni, the unflappable owner of New York's Le Cirque 2000. Friend and feeder of kings and presidents, Maccioni recently stopped taking reservations long enough to pe...