Gabrielle Renard and Jean Renoir by Auguste Renoir in Essoyes. Photo Janet Hulstrand.

The Painter’s Wife: Aline Charigot Renoir and the Renoir Home in Essoyes

As the village of Essoyes in southern Champagne prepares to open Renoir’s home to the public and the surrounding department of Aube celebrates this as the Year of Renoir, Janet Hulstrand, a part-time American resident of Essoyes, examines the life of Aline Charigot Renoir, wife of the artist and mother of three artists.

The French Ardennes, Part 3: The Meuse, Sedan, More Beer and the Big Boar

In which the author continues his beer travels in the Ardennes and finds quirky bars, aspiring breweries, a magnificent view over the Meuse and an enormous boar named Woinic.

The Birthplace of Bubbles: An Introduction to Champagne

This article provides an overview of the Champagne region for travelers looking to visit its winegrowing zones over the course of a day or...

A Christmas Tour of France

France may be a deeply secular nation, but everyone gets into the spirit of what are called “the end of the year holidays” (les fêtes de fin d’année), meaning Christmas and more. Let’s take a tour of the Christmas season in France through Alsace, Champagne, Lille, Lyon, Provence, Nice and Paris.

A Champagne Diary: 3 Grapes, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, a Bit of Chocolate, and...

“Drink the wine, not the label” is both a lofty and a homey approach to wine, and nowhere is that more important than with...

Château-Thierry Reaffirms Its Bond with the United States

In the aftermath of the Great War of 1914-1918, American philanthropy and charitableness made its mark in Europe with initiatives to assist in the social, economic and structural reconstruction of devastated regions of northern and northeastern France. Château-Thierry, 55 miles east of Paris along the Marne River, benefited from the dedication of Reverend Julian Wadsworth and his wife, who created the House of French-American Friendship.
Champagne vineyards.

Junior Year Abroad: The Grape Harvest

At the start of her junior year abroad from Tulane, Texan Kim Sotman discovers vast differences between Texas ranches and Champagne vineyards.

Half-timbered Houses in Troyes, Champagne

Half-timbered houses of the 15th to 19th centuries can be found throughout France, yet Troyes is among best places to appreciate their pastel charms.

Dom Pérignon and the Birth of Champagne

As cellar master at the Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers, Dom Pérignon was instrumental in development of clear, bubbly, cork-popping Champagne.

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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