RSSFrance

The Nuances of Normandy: Monet, Chanel and Julia Child Found Inspiration Here, and You Will Too

The Nuances of Normandy: Monet, Chanel and Julia Child Found Inspiration Here, and You Will Too

Like countless other Francophiles, I am captivated by French art, history and fashion, as well as the cheeses, wine, pastries, cuisine and films of France. I saw Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, twice. So when I heard about a trip to Normandy, I signed up pronto and started packing my chicest […]

Continue Reading

Paris from the Towers of Notre Dame

Paris from the Towers of Notre Dame

  Paris promises something for everyone – sophistication, beauty, culture, history, cuisines, art, escape and that nebulous quality called ambiance. Hopefully when you visit Paris you’ll carve out time to do more than rush to the major tourists sites; the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Muse d’Orsay. A Visit to the towers of NOTRE DAME […]

Continue Reading

Tasty Travels: French Country Winter Soup

Tasty Travels: French Country Winter Soup

When I was a student in Paris, a classmate invited me to her home in the Loire Valley for the weekend. We took the train from Paris and visited the cathedral in Chartres and several castles. February is a cold and damp time in France. I remember the pleasure of entering the kitchen in her […]

Continue Reading

Monet’s Garden at Giverny is a great day-trip from Paris

Monet’s Garden at Giverny is a great day-trip from Paris

  The French Impressionist’s final home in Giverny is where Monet lived for 43 years, and painted every day in his gardens or studio.    His water garden is perhaps the best known of all his subjects; weeping willows, a wisteria-draped Japanese bridge, water lilies, rhododendrons and a vivid pallet of blooming flowers in all […]

Continue Reading

I left my heart in … Paris

I left my heart in … Paris

Last weekend I fell in love with a new city, Paris. For three euphoric days I ran around the City of Lights and, like most first time visitors, I tried to see all the tourist attractions. We climbed the Eiffel Tower in the teeth-chattering winter weather, fell into a trance listening to the boys’ choir […]

Continue Reading

Paris where the summer solstice is a night of music

Paris where the summer solstice is a night of music

I went to Paris, thinking I’d visit museums and historic sites. Jazz in St. German des Pres. Instead I happened upon the  summer solstice on June 21st, the “Fete de la Musique” – one of the best free, street-music festivals in Europe. The mood was electric and I got a taste of authentic Paris culture […]

Continue Reading

Paris Free Street-Music Festival on the Summer Solstice

Paris Free Street-Music Festival on the Summer Solstice

Best Free Street-Music Festival in Europe Don’t miss the “Fete de la Musique” on the summer solstice (June 21st) in Paris. The mood is electric and you get a taste of authentic Paris culture and performances of everything from opera, jazz and rock to hip-hop and electronic music. The music starts early afternoon in some […]

Continue Reading

The French Coast in Normandy as painted by the Impressionists

The French Coast in Normandy as painted by the Impressionists

Like a beret perched askew on a Frenchman’s head, the 360-mile Normand coast curls along the north and northwest of France. After visiting Rouen, I headed for the coast to soak in the beaches and soft-green landscapes bathed in shifting light. Etretat “I count on doing a large canvas of the cliffs of Etretat, although […]

Continue Reading

France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

What exactly is a Francophile? Someone who appreciates French history, culture, fashion, art and cuisine, and that describes me.  Ever since I lived in Paris, for four years when I was in my 20′s, I jump at every opportunity to go to France. Last month  I jumped at a chance to go to Normandy to follow […]

Continue Reading

Packing for Paris

Packing for Paris

Let’s face it, Parisian women are, at least by American standards, always stylish in unusual ways. So when visiting Paris, plan to “dress up” more than you would in other destinations. Packing takes more effort to select neat and fashionable clothes that are also comfortable. How? Pack stylish jeans, which Parisians wear everywhere. If you […]

Continue Reading