Rural France for Aussies

For many Australians, their first (and sometimes only) taste of France is the capital, Paris. Those taking an escorted coach tour inevitably visit the romantic city for a night or two. But the rest of France shouldn’t be forgotten, says Carolyn Schonafinger…

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Shopping in Paris at Christmas

Take a short break in Paris this winter and see if a breath of French air can’t make Christmas shopping memorable for all the right reasons: original gift ideas, money saving opportunities, pit-stops at Ladurée…

Book review: The man in a hurry, Paul Morand

The man in a hurry Paul Morand, Pushkin Press, £15 This re-released masterpiece by one of the modern maîtres of French prose is a fable which criticises life lived in a hurry. The author – a controversial, cult figure renowned for

Book review: Robert Doisneau

If photography books about France keep you riveted for hours, then this career-spanning collection of works by Robert Doisneau, who’s perhaps the most celebrated Gallic lensman – toss a coin twixt him and Henri Cartier- Bresson – will have you positively salivating.

Book review: Taschen’s Paris

Taschen’s paris Angelika Taschen, with photos by Vincent Knapp, Taschen, £27.99 The publishers Taschen are always on-trend when it comes to chic places to stay, eat and shop, and few cities better deserve the chunky style bible treatment than Paris. The

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Property hotspot: Where to buy in Paris

  The project of a home in Paris, either as a permanent or holiday home, can become a little daunting precisely because of the sheer beauty, diversity and density of the city. Each quartier has its own flavour, from the

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How to watch the Tour de France

Some 3.5 billion people will watch 18 teams of nine riders race 3,500km over three weeks during Le Tour de France, the world’s largest sporting event. Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh, the authors of France en Vélo, share their experiences. The Tour de France

Book review: Paris Chien

The story of Hudson, a Norwich Terrier who moves to Paris. He loves the new sights and smells, but has to learn French if he wants to make friends.

New for 2015: five great French museums

Here’s our pick of five hot museums to head to in 2015: Monnaie de Paris The old Paris mint building is now a museum featuring major exhibitions plus a Guy Savoy-helmed restaurant. • www.monnaiedeparis.fr The Giants of the Renaissance This

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France’s best museums and cultural hotspots

You’re never far from an opportunity to enrich your cultural cachet in France – the country proudly preserves and shares its heritage. Here are a few ideas to inspire your choice of cultural destinations, whether you’re looking for an in-depth

The 2018 Ryder Cup in France

As the euphoria of Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup win fades and with Northern Irishman Darren Clarke having been named as the captain for the 2016 event at Hazeltine, Minnesota it’s a good time to remind all Francophile golf lovers that the

Book review: Paris Sketchbook

Paris Sketchbook Jason Brooks, L King Publishing, £17.95 Jason Brooks discovered Paris through his work as a fashion illustrator and here he shares with us the sketches he snatched of the city around him in between couture shows. Every one is worthy of a place

Paris garden: l’Hôtel de Sens

It was a particularly cold day when I visited Jardin de l’Hôtel de Sens, 7, rue des Nonnains-d’Hyères. November days in Paris tend to be dreary and it is difficult to wake up in the morning when it is warm

Book review: The Perfect Meal, John Baxter

The Perfect Meal John Baxter, £9.99 Harper Perennial In addition to his work as a film critic and biographer, Australian-born Paris resident John Baxter has written acclaimed memoirs about his life in France, including Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas. This time, he uses a culinary excavation for great

Two Aussie blokes in Paris

Two Australian mates who would regularly get together to watch the football and became the unlikely authors of the travel memoir ‘Paris Tragics’ talk about their shared passion for France.

Book review: Paris Gourmet, Trish Deseine

The Paris Gourmet Trish Deseine, Flammarion, £22.50 There are so many restaurants and pâtisserie windows in Paris that someone like Trish – a top food writer who has lived in the French capital for the past 30 years – had to come along to help

Film review: Le Week-End

Le Week-End Director: Roger Michell Cert: 15 Running time: 93 mins When Meg (Duncan) and Nick (Broadbent) Burrows return to Paris to celebrate their 30th anniversary, you can be sure that some things will have changed since they honeymooned in this most romantic

Literary Paris

So much has been written in and about Paris. Many renowned writers, such as Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway, chose to live and work there. Here are some of the capital’s popular literary hotspots.

Film review: Attila Marcel

Director: Sylvain Chomet Starring: Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont Cert: 12A Running time: 106 mins This first live-action feature from the director of French animated classics Belleville Rendezvous and The Illusionist is an interesting transition into the ‘real world’.

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An Ode to Romantic French Men

We are all well-versed in the notion that French women don’t get fat. They are also the epitome of chic and have the best, unfussiest hairstyles on earth. With so many articles and books written about the style, elegance, and chicness of

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Poet’s Corner: Paul Valéry

Poet-philosopher Paul Valéry was one the most significant French Symbolists of the late 19th century, alongside Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine. Valéry was born in Sète and spent his early years in Montpellier, later relocating to Paris to embark on

Review: An Englishman Aboard, Charles Timoney

An Englishman Aboard Charles Timoney, Penguin Books, £9.99 We all know how it goes: it’s New Year’s Eve, the champagne is flowing and, inevitably, someone recklessly agrees to take on some madcap resolution. Timoney’s proved to be more challenging than most

The best gardens and parks of Paris

At times we all need to escape the frenetic pace of city life, and luckily France’s capital has no end of green spaces. Read on to discover Florence Derrick’s top three parks in which to steal a breath of fresh air in Paris.

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Thoughts on Returning to Paris

While engaged in a conversation discussing the recent terrorist events in Paris, I was asked if I was going to move forward with my plans to visit France later this year. The question caught me slightly off guard. Of course

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French prison opens its doors to non-cons

La Santé, one of most notorious prisons in France whose former guests include Jacques Mesrine and Manuel Noriega, recently opened its otherwise impenetrable doors to the public ahead of a four-year refurbishment programme. The always excellent Andrew Hussey, who lives in the Montparnasse

Paris at christmas

Memories of a French Christmas

I’m in Paris. It’s evening and the snow is falling. I’m standing before the huge open window in the parlour of the apartment on the Rue des Grands Augustins. I’m gazing at the white lights twinkling on the Eiffel Tower

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My First Trip to Paris

My first visit to Paris was a remarkable experience, which I will never forget. I booked the Dover-Calais ferry and drove with my wife from London in the cold Christmas weather. We intended to stay until the New Year in

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People Watching in the Place Dauphine, Paris

People watching is by far the most entertaining sport in Paris. Many participate in this sport while seated outdoors at a café. Others may partake in Parc Monceau or Jardin du Luxembourg. I take my people watching seriously. For me,

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How to be a teacher in France

The weekend that followed was relaxing because I knew at last I had a job that suited and although I was now close to the end of my overdraft, I’d just about be able to dig myself out of debt.

Book review: City Sketch Paris, Melissa Wood

City Sketch Paris Melissa Wood, Race Point Publishing, £9.99 Paris has long tapped into the artistic side of its captivated visitors, and this sketchbook-cum-guidebook invites you to get your creative juices flowing by sketching your way around the city’s sites. Doodle