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Paris for romantics

66 Things to Do and See in Paris

Peruse the skylit arcades—Galerie Vivienne, Passage des Panoramas, Galerie Véro-Dodat, and Passage Colbert are all great options. They're the city's …

Vive la France! Vive la Tech!… But do these two great tastes taste great together?

I spent last week on a junket in Paris, paid for by the French government, visiting the various hubs and spokes of the burgeoning French startup scene. I don’t think they’ll invite me back, after they read this. My considered assessment is that the French government, and to an extent the larger …

Startups

Ritz Paris, Favorite Hotel of Hemingway and Chanel, Finally Reopens

The iconic hotel has been closed since 2012.<p>Of his inevitable end, Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz." Luckily for patrons of all sorts, the storied hotel is reopening today after four years of renovations.<p>It wasn't …

France

The truth behind French stereotypes, from its surly waiters to its lousy music

It's Napoleon's birthday – what better time to examine the truth behind the most persistent French clichés? We sort the facts from the fiction.<p>1. The waiters are rude<p><b>The cliché:</b> French waiters are surly, and this is a bad thing. As recently as June last year, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius …

William the Conqueror's Normandy: The legacy of England's invader

Two bare-legged men wade out to a boat, carrying their dogs. A couple of horse riders gallop at speed, the wind riffling their hair. A woman and child escape a burning building, victims of war. I look in wonder at the Bayeux Tapestry and the scenes it depicts, conveying such vivid movement, …

Form a queue please: a theme park dedicated to wine to open in France this week

In news that will delight wine-lovers everywhere, a theme park dedicated to wine is opening in Bordeaux, France this week. And ‘wine’ not, eh?<p>La Cité du Vin will open this Wednesday, June 1, and the ten-floor development has been seven years in development at a cost of over €80 million. In keeping …

France

Vegetable-heavy Paris restaurant named best in Europe

French chef Alain Passard’s vegetable-centric restaurant Arpège in Paris has been named the best dining destination in Europe, heading a new list …

A Cave in France Changes What We Thought We Knew About Neanderthals

In a French cave deep underground, scientists have discovered what appear to be <b>176,000-year-old man-made structures</b>. That’s <b>150,000 years earlier</b> than …

There's A Wine Theme Park Opening In France Soon

Trust the French to open a theme park for adults totally dedicated to wine. After 7 years of conception and construction, La Cité du Vin is set to …

Top Destination for Adventure Holidays in Pyrenees France

Looking for an adventure holiday in France? Where better for a great activity holiday than the beautiful Pyrenees? Starting your adventure in the …

Undiscovered

French Open 2016: 6 Off-the-Beaten-Track Paris Escapes

Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon in the UK, and the US Open, Paris’ Roland Garros is one of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments and one of the most prestigious. So even if you’re not a tennis fan, you’ve never watched a game in your life, and you couldn’t cite the name of a single …

France

15 Social Media Accounts to Follow the 2016 Tour De France

For sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always insightful Tour de France talk, check out these accounts to stay up to date

Social Media

Mysterious 176,000-year-old rock formation discovered in France could unlock secrets of Neanderthal age

Mysterious ring-shaped structures fashioned about 176,000 years ago by Neanderthals using broken stalagmites deep inside a cave in southwestern France indicate that our closest extinct relatives were more adept than previously known.<p>Scientists on Wednesday described six rock structures discovered …

Coolest museum ever? Artist makes Louvre Pyramid disappear in optical illusion

French street artist JR has made the famous Louvre Pyramid in Paris disappear in an optical illusion.<p>The artist covered the huge glass pyramid with a trompe l'oeil installation that makes it seem as if the monument at the heart of the courtyard has disappeared.<p>Tourists jostled each other Wednesday …

Art

Europe's 28 best hidden seaside resorts

37 Fun Facts About France You Really Ought To Know

Did you know the guillotine was in use until 1977?<p>1. The word "France" comes from the Franks, a Germanic people whose name in itself is derived from the Frankish "frank", meaning "free".<p>2. France spans twelve different time zones - more than any other country in the world - thanks to its overseas …

Marseille: The elegant Europort of the South

The thriving French city is home to the fifth-largest Jewish community in Western Europe.<p>LA CANEBIERE in Marseille, the city’s main thoroughfare. …

10 secret places in Paris you would never discover on your own

SECRET TOUR GUIDE and filmmaker Mathieu Stern reveals the top 10 secret places to discover in Paris.<p>1 – Jardin alpin (Map)<br>Nestled in the heart of the …

Paris, City of Heists

The smash-and-grab hit on Chanel’s Avenue Montaigne shop is just the latest in a long line of hold-ups at ultra-luxe French boutiques.<p>PARIS — The …

Where to move to have the shortest work week

If you work to live rather than the other way around, a jaunt across the Channel could be a wise career move.<p>French people worked the fewest hours last year, with staffers in Paris clocking up 1,604 hours in 2015 followed by Lyonnaise employees with 1,631 hours, according to a survey by UBS.<p>Spread …

Bread in France is a cultural experience

Written by Janine Marsh on September 4, 2014 in French Cuisine<p><i>There is something about French bread that we all seem to love. Bread is such a symbol</i> …

France

10 of the best restaurants in Bordeaux

A new wave of chefs has swept into Bordeaux, propelling the city’s restaurants up France’s culinary pecking order. And they’re serving up at decent prices too<p>Bordeaux may be the world’s capital of wine, but until recently the city’s restaurant scene had always been lacklustre compared with other …

France

Good Morning, Normandy

Normandy offers a peaceful contrast to Paris. I just had to share the way the day greeted me, a few minutes out of bed, in my cute little B&B in Honfleur. I'm here updating the France guidebook with co-author Steve Smith. Here's the listing for this place:<p>La Cour Ste. Catherine is an enchanting …

France

Paris's Local Restaurants Are Their Best in Decades

Paris, with its Old World charms, had begun to look old hat as a dining destination in recent years after London, New York and other cities grabbed …

France

Paris After Dark: Descend Into These 5 Underground Bars

The best Paris bars are steeped in history and well-hidden — underground. (Photo: Alamy)<p>It’s easy to forget, when strolling the wide boulevards and …

10 Paris museums you can visit for free

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 12:59 08 June 2016<p>Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris © Paris Tourist Office - Marc Bertrand<p>Archant<p>Want to go to Paris’ …

Five of the best websites for family camping in France

There are hundreds of campsites across France so how do you choose one that’s right for your family? These small chains offer some of the best in the country – in fantastic locations with waterparks, an array of on-site activities and even spas<p>Sunelia<p>With 30 four- and five-star campsites across …

France