Blond Girl in Saumur: When Our Eyes Met for the Second Time

A photo/video-log from the Saumur area of the Loire Valley in which Gary Lee Kraut remembers when travel was less about fooding and more about flirting, less about getting reservations and more about losing inhibitions, less about looking for recommendations and more about following your own nose.

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La Ciotat: A Splash of Reality on the Riviera

Corinne LaBalme forgoes the Saint Tropez glitz-krieg and heads for the refreshingly quirky (and under-hyped) port of La Ciotat to enjoy great food, unspoiled beaches and affordable prices in one of the all-too-rare Mediterranean enclaves that’s escaped paparazzi pollution.

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25 Paris Restaurants: A List Beyond The List, Part 2

France Revisited invites six Paris-based French and American foodies, gastronomes and food writers—Alexander Lobrano, Michel Tanguy, Corinne LaBalme, Allison Zinder, Alain Neyman, Randy Diaz—to join Gary Lee Kraut in suggesting eateries that they’ve enjoyed recently that may not be on the current buzz list. Discover the selection of 25 restaurants here.

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25 Paris Restaurants: A List Beyond The List, Part 1

If you were to gather into a single list all of the restaurants that Americans are considering before visiting Paris this year there would be so much overlap it would likely contain no more than 20 different addresses. This article seeks to broaden travelers’ sense of the possibilities.

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Moulins (Auvergne) and the National Costume Center

Deep in the heart of France, the little-known town of Moulins (Auvergne) reveals the fabric of great theater at the National Costume Museum, particularly this year when the museum celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with an exhibition of costumes from some of the bard’s most emblematic plays, on display through Jan. 4, 2015.

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Unexpected Provence: Meet the New Aix

The Provençal college town of Aix-en-Provence, celebrated for Cézanne, bel canto and fountain-side cafés, puts the finishing touches on a massive urban renewal project. Corinne LaBalme sets out beyond the town’s tawny-tinted 17th-18th century façades to discover 21st-century Aix.

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You Love Paris But Does Paris Love You?

Yes, you love Paris, but does Paris love you? You’ve read the articles, the books and the blogs telling you how to be one with the City of Light. Do this, they say, and Paris will accept you, Paris will embrace you, Paris will love you as much as you love Paris. Yet…

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The Decorated Cave of Pont-D’Arc Joins World Heritage List

Though not quite as exuberant as the cheers that follow a victory in the World Cup, hurrahs rang strong in certain quarters of conservationism and tourism in France when UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee elected in June to inscribe the Decorated Cave of Pont-d’Arc, also known as the Grotte Chauvet (Chauvet Cave), on the World Heritage List of cultural properties.

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Unlikely Paris: The Lighthouse by the Train Tracks

At 6 a.m. it’s already broad daylight. A lighthouse stands before me, reaching into a sky that announces a beautiful June day. But there are no crying seagulls, no ebb and flow of waves, only […]

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