The North: Upper France

Upper France (Hauts-de-France), the country's far north, borders Belgium, faces England and dips down into a point between Champagne and the Paris Region. There are actually some champagne vineyards in its southernmost corner around Chateau-Thierry, though elsewhere Upper France is beer territory. Numerous memorial sights and cemeteries relative to the First World War lie in Upper France of special note to American (Belleau Wood), Canadian (Vimy Ridge) and British (the Somme) visitors. Lille is France's vibrant northern city, while the Art Deco town of Saint Quentin, the cathedral towns of Amiens and Laon, the double-square belfry town of Arras, the imperial town of Compiègne, and the old seaside resort of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage draw travelers and daytrips from Paris far and wide through the region.

Wine Travel: Respect for Pinot Meunier in Marne Valley Champagnes

An introduction to Marne Valley champagne, from the western portion of the winegrowing region, where 70% of the vineyards are planted with pinot meunier, the Rodney Dangerfield of champagne grapes. An encounter with grower-producers who give the grape the respect it deserves. And good reasons to attend the annual October champagne festival in Chateau-Thierry.

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.

ANZAC Biscuits, a Memorial Taste of War from the Battlefields of the Somme

Paris, November 11—Last week French President Francois Hollande gave a speech launching the centennial commemorations of the First World War and the 70th anniversary...

Olivier Dirson, WWI battlefield guide: one history leads to another

Touring WWI sites of Picardy, north of Paris, with Olivier Dirson, a French guide with an intriguing personal history.

Daytrip from Paris: The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Laon

Eighty-five miles northeast of Paris there stands on the plateau of the old town of Laon one of the great, undervisited Gothic cathedrals of...

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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