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La Dernière Goutte

La Dernière Goutte: A Wine Lover’s Gem in Paris

While in Paris, my family and I participated in a group wine-tasting class (taught in English) at La Dernière Goutte, a charming wine boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Seated in the stone-walled back room wine cave...
Mimi Thorisson in "A Kitchen in France." Photography by Oddur Thorisson

An Exclusive Excerpt from Mimi Thorisson’s Book, A Kitchen in France

There is a ferry that sails south from the town of Royan, on the Atlantic Ocean, to Le Verdon at the northern tip of the Médoc peninsula. It is not a particularly charming ride...
Dining room at Mensae

Where to Eat Now in Paris: Mensae in Belleville

Birthplace of French icons Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier, the Belleville neighbourhood of Paris has been a quartier populaire (working-class district) ever since it was fully urbanised in the middle of the 19th century....

Finding Paris in Seattle

With a little imagination you can find Paris just about anywhere. On a recent visit to the States I found Paris in Seattle, Washington. I was transported countless times to the City of Light...
courtesy of Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Best Chinese Restaurants in Paris: Shang Palace at the Shangri-La

Asian restaurants in Paris followed a different evolution from those in London or New York, because many of the Asians who immigrated to France during and after the wars that shook the country’s former...
La Tête dans les Olives

5 Unmissable Hidden Gems in Paris

La tête dans les olives – An Evening to Remember I have the good fortune to get to Paris a few times a year and if it’s not August, I’m plotting to get an evening...
L'Axel restaurant

L’Axel: Dining in Fontainebleau

Just an hour from Paris by train, Fontainebleau is a delightful overnight getaway from the French capital or an excellent stopping point for anyone traveling by car between northern and southern France. Flanked by...
Pont Valentré in Cahors

Discover 3 Wine Routes in the Midi-Pyrénées

When you think of French wine, famous appellations like Champagne or Bordeaux are the first names that come to mind; wines with strong characters and powerful flavours, their fame extends far beyond the nation’s...
The facade of La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac

New in Paris: Chef Cyril Lignac Shares his Passion for Chocolate

Cyril Lignac, the celebrated chef and TV personality, has just opened a chocolate shop with business partner Benoît Couvrand, who was formerly the head pâtissier at Fauchon. La Chocolaterie is located at 25, rue...

Discover The ‘Terroir’ of the Western Front 14-18

Just as the military sites of The Western Front 14-18 are unique in world history, so too is the ‘terroir’ of the five regions – Northern France, Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace. This evocative French...