Made in France

This section explores the wide range of products made in France. We're always open to suggestions of unique or special French products to cover, so if you've come across one feel free to send us a message and we'll investigate.

Tools of the trade of Aubusson tapestries

Aubusson Tapestries: Weavers, Spinners, Dyers, Cartoonists and the Cité Internationale

The International Center of Aubusson Tapestry represents far more than a pat on the back to the history of tapestry-making in the Creuse region. It also reaffirms and encourages the continuity of know-how for the entire branch of tapestry-related activities in Aubusson, Felletin and elsewhere in Creuse.

Calvados, Where Rotting Apples Have a Good Name

An introduction to the alcoholic apple-based beverages cidre (hard cider) and calvados produced in Normandy.

Two Sisters in Aquitaine Recreate Historical Wines

Lunches at Le Bistrot du Sommelier in Paris and at the Trianon Palace in Versailles weren’t only occasions to eat and drink well but also opportunities to meet historical wine producer Isabelle Orliac, gold-medalist sommelier Philippe Faur-Brac, and gastronomic chef Simone Zanoni.

A Whiff of Napoleon in Victory and in Defeat

June 18, 2015—Two hundred years ago today Napoleon I (Bonaparte) was defeated at Waterloo. For much of the world (except perhaps for the British) Waterloo speaks far more about the fall of Napoleon and of France’s ambitions in Europe under his leadership than it does of the victory of the forces allied against him and against France.

Statue of Liberty Given Place of Honor in the Orsay Museum

Joining Whistler’s Mother, Van Gogh’s Self-portrait, Degas’s ballerinas, and many more, the Musée d’Orsay took on another familiar face this month when Liberty was given place of honor on a pedestal near the entrance to the museum’s great nave. The Orsay Museum had long claimed that Liberty rightfully belonged within its walls rather than in the Luxembourg Garden, where it previously stood.

Stephane Jaspert’s Cobblestone Art: From the Streets of Paris to a Garret in Montmartre

Stephane Jaspert picks the cobblestone up from his desk and says, “Tourists often see Paris as a light and romantic city, but it’s a tough city, hard as rock.” We are high above the cobbled streets of Montmartre in Mr. Jaspert’s garret.

Isabelle Langlois: A Hidden Gem on Rue de la Paix

Colors, flowers, elegance, balance: what sounds like a stroll through the Luxembourg Garden or a glimpse into the lobby of a palatial hotel is, this morning, an encounter with Isabelle Langlois in her shop on rue de la Paix, Paris’s runway for high jewelry.
Vocabulaire illustre de l'ornement - Evelyne Thomas-detail

Art Books: The Vocabulary of Ornamentation

We are often at a loss for words when we travel in continental Europe. It isn’t only the words for natural conversation that are lacking but also the vocabulary of the things we see. Vocabulaire Illustré de l’Ornament by Evelyne Thomas, an illustrated dictionary of the vocabulary of the ornamental and decorative elements of architecture and other arts, can help.

The Eiffel Tower: A Star Is Born

Protest and Progress A letter protesting the construction of the Eiffel Tower was published in Paris on February 14, 1887, less than three weeks after...

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