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  • Two people standing outside a villa with the lights on inside overlooking a mountain vista with a sunset

    The Best Hidden Hilltop Villages of Provence

    Provence is famous the world over for its postcard-worthy villages. Get off the beaten path and savor a real taste of Provence at these lesser-known, but equally beautiful hilltop villages across the region!

  • Left: A plate of meaty pasta sits atop a marble table, next to grated parmesan and an aperol spritz at Court Circus in Marseille, Right: The popular Canebière in the middle of Marseille at sunset

    A Weekend in Marseille

    Sitting on a natural harbor on France’s Mediterranean coast, Marseille has been attracting travelers since ancient times. Here’s how to spend the perfect weekend in Marseille.

  • Left: A cake, freshly baked and cooled, sits on a tray with a pile of frosting on top, ready to be spread on the cake, Right: The view of the front of the top few stories of a Parisian apartment building on a bright day.

    French Cooking Classes Online

    Every year, thousands of people come to France with the objective of sampling its amazing cuisine. Many go a step further by learning to make French food themselves, taking hands-on cooking classes in Paris and around the country. The Covid-19 crisis is preventing many from being able to do this, or at least, in person. But the pandemic has actually expanded the possibilities of learning how to cook French food online, with a range of virtual classes bringing the best of French cuisine into your kitchen!

  • Exploring a Different Side of Provence: Arles, Camargue & Les Alpilles

    For many, Provence equals rolling fields of lavender and quaint villages. But this southern French region also has a rich history and immense natural diversity. You can discover these lesser-known facets in the city of Arles and its surroundings, home to impressive Roman vestiges, France’s largest wetlands, otherworldly rocky mountains, and sites linked to artist Vincent van Gogh.

  • The front of the Hôtel de Gallifet on a sunny day in Aix-en-Provence

    How to Spend a Weekend in Aix-en-Provence

    While many people are attracted to the villages of Provence, the southern French region also has some wonderful cities. Here’s how to spend the perfect weekend in Aix-en-Provence.

  • The Best Markets in Provence

    The following Provence markets are some of our favorites, featuring excellent local producers, passionate artisans, a lively authentic atmosphere, and much more.

  • Paris’ Best Hidden Gardens

    There are some green spaces that are hidden in plain sight and are only visited by those in the know. Enjoy a moment of greenery and tranquility at these hidden Paris gardens.

  • Where to Eat Around the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre

    Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or inventive cuisine, a short walk will take you to these great restaurants near the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre.

  • Where to Eat Around the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe

    Here is a selection of venues around the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe that are well worth eating at, compared to the chain restaurants that unfortunately line the world-famous avenue. In fact, in the case of some⁠, you may even have one of the best meals of your life if you’re willing to splurge a little⁠.

  • A view of Parisian rooftops, tree-lined streets and the Eiffel tower is visible from a high view.

    Contemporary French Books to Add to Your Reading List

    From contemporary literary greats to critically acclaimed newcomers, here is a selection of recently released books by French authors, all translated into English.

  • A woman stands in a section of Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris, reading notes past customers have left behind

    Our Favorite English Bookstores in Paris

    There’s nothing quite like cozying up with an old-fashioned paper book and exercising that newfound freedom by walking over to one of these wonderful local English bookstores.

  • French Sweets and Desserts You Can Buy Online

    Here are delicious brands to help satisfy your cravings for french pastries and sweets without having to leave your house.

  • After Lockdown: The First Thing Parisians Will Do

    After two months of home confinement, most Parisians are looking forward to having a little more freedom as of May 11th. We asked some of our Parisian friends what they are most eager to do once the lockdown has been lifted, and beyond.