The Marquis, the Hounds and Château de Cheverny

The elegant Château de Cheverny is “chez moi” for Charles-Antoine de Vibraye and his family. Call him “marquis” if you like. His ancestors have resided on the premises for the better part of 600 years. Cheverny was one of the first private French estates to open its gates to the public, and de Vibraye welcomes on average 350,000 guests per year to his castle-sweet-castle.

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Château de Beauregard: A Castle Road Less Taken

Tourists in the Loire Valley generally head only for the A-list castles. But for sightseers who dislike crowds and relish the possibility of running into a congenial chateau owner, quieter slices of 16th-century splendor are a few minutes away at the Chateau de Beauregard, 3 miles southeast of Blois.

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Life and Death in Eastern Paris: Touring Belleville and Père Lachaise Cemetery

Allison Zinder of Paris on the Edge and Gary Lee Kraut of France Revisited are kicking off a series of original walking tours in the off-beat eastern arrondissements of Paris with a curious exploration of Belleville and Père Lachaise Cemetery and a delightful lunch stop in between.

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Chambord, the Loire Valley’s XXL Château, Gets a Tourist Makeover

When you can’t get any bigger, you just have to get better. Chambord, the massive chateau in the Loire Valley, 9 miles east of Blois, is in the midst of a major development plan (€4.5 million invested in 2014) to make the castle more user-friendly and, ultimately, self-financing.

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April in Paris

April in Paris. Sing along with it, get in the mood, take it smooth, croon with it, snap your fingers to it, take a long draw of it, stroll with it along the boulevard, cry yourself a River Seine of it. However you like it it’s here.

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Film Review: Suite Française

Suite Française by Irene Némirovsky took the literary world by storm when it was first published in France in 2004, followed up with an English translation in 2006. The sensation had to do with the quality of the work itself in conjunction with the backstory, the sidestory and the epilogue relative to the author herself and her daughter Denise Epstein. Now comes the movie.

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Do the Rooftops of Paris Have “Outstanding Universal Value”?

Looking out over the rooftops of the city the view is romantic for some, lusty grey for others, a commercial dream for roofers—altogether Paris. In recent months the most attractive view over the capital has been from District Hall of the 9th arrondissement, where District Mayor Delphine Bürkli is spearheading the committee to present the rooftops of Paris as a candidate for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Paris Takes Center Stage on International Jazz Day

Paris has been selected to serve as the 2015 Global Host City for the fourth annual International Jazz Day organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and celebrated around the world on April 30, with Herbie Hancock serving as Goodwill Ambassador.

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La Toilette: The Invention of Privacy

In a delightfully exhibitionistic exhibition running February 12-July 5, 2015, Paris’s Marmottan-Monet Museum examines French personal hygiene (and lack of) through the ages. (Spoiler alert: Lots of dirty pictures!)

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