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The view from Èze

Le Jardin d’Èze: A Jewel of the Côte d’Azur

The hilltop village of Èze, perched atop a dizzying drop straight to the Mediterranean, is dramatically beautiful in the traditional Provençal style. Èze is a warren of cobbled streets and flower-covered stone houses, their...
AFMO Gala at Ambassador's Residence/Paris

Americans Helping to Preserve Art and Architecture in France

No wonder France is such a beloved travel destination — we relish the world-famous cuisine and marvelous wines, the delights of bustling cities and bucolic countryside, and of course, magnificent art and architecture spread...

Jardins Ouverts: France’s Secret Gardens

Open Gardens, or Jardins Ouverts, is modelled loosely on the UK’s National Garden Scheme (the Yellow Book), which started in 1927 and now represents over 3,800 gardens. Over the decades, the UK scheme has...

Château de la Napoule: Exploring a Côte d’Azur Castle and Art Foundation

You'd be hard-pressed to find a prettier drive than highway D 559 from Saint Raphael to Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the department Alpes-Maritimes in the south of France. Along the Mediterranean coastline, this 20-mile stretch is...

Flamingos in the South of France: Visit the Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

Situated 32 kilometers south of Arles, this nature park showcases the Camargue's magnificent wildlife.

The Fruits of Paris: The Preservation and Rebirth of Montreuil’s Peach Orchards

Montreuil’s oldest inhabitants remember when this suburb on the eastern edge of Paris was nothing but fields and orchards. Today, the Saint-Antoine quartier shelters the last murs à pêches (peach walls), which provide a...

The Insider’s Guide to the Must-See Gardens of Paris

There are so many reasons to love Paris – museums, monuments, boutiques, food and atmosphere. However, an often overlooked element that largely contributes to all these experiences are its gardens. After Paris’s urban foundations...

Chickens for the Hotel de Ville Garden in Paris

Smack dab in the middle of the city, this garden is now open to the public.

Hidden Parks of Paris: The Jardin de la Vallée Suisse

The Swiss Valley (La Vallée Suisse) It is a hideout. A stream crumbles down the rocks. A wooden footbridge passes overhead. Archways made of stone with overgrown ivy reveal a sinuous passage to a pond...

Roche de Solutré: Burgundy’s Most Famous Natural Site

Located west of Macôn in Burgundy, the Roche de Solutré rises far above the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyards and, sphinx-like, appears to be watching over the valley and villages below. Protected by French law and classified as a...