Paris & Surroundings

One can spend a lifetime exploring Paris and the greater Paris called Ile de France. While most of the articles in this section focus on sights, tastes, history, shops, art and life in the capital, we also make frequent trips to Versailles, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Barbizon, Chantilly, Auvers-sur-Oise, the Chevreuse Valley and other notable places in the surrounding region.

Composting in Paris. Niamh Tixier.

Paris Parks & Gardens: Composting in Paris

Niamh Tixier, an Irish resident of Paris, volunteers to join the composting team in her local park and takes her turn stirring the compost bin, only to learn the sad truth about this nourishing pile of rubbish.

Paris Parks & Gardens: The Cross-City Tourist

Donna Evleth, a longtime resident of Paris, lives near the Luxembourg Garden, but on this day she's a cross-city tourist. Searching for a park she's never visited and for a less formal garden where she can walk on the grass, she crosses Paris to the Folie Titon Garden in the 11th arrondissement. That's only the beginning of this tale of discovery

Paris Parks & Gardens: Nudism in the Vincennes Woods

In which the author visits the officially designated nudist zone in the Vincennes Woods for a close look at public nudism in Paris and discovers that it's not so different from visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Paris Parks & Gardens: Ratatouille’s Extended Family

“Maman, Papa ! C’est Ratatouille!” screeched a delighted child as a furry little creature scampered across the playground. It wasn’t an isolated sighting. I’d had several brushes with rats on my daily strolls, so when posters announced a town meeting dedicated to "the battle against rodents,” I saved the date.

Fall 2017: Art Shows and Other Exhibitions in Paris

As their summer country and seaside tans fade, Parisians take on the many shades of culture in the capital’s urban autumn museumscape. Here are the makers and shakers of the fall art and exhibition season, including Gaugin at the Grand Palais, Dior at the Arts Décoratifs, Rubens at the Luxembourg, Dada Africa at the Orangerie, and more.
La Poule au Pot, bread, Paul Racat

Paris by All-Night Bistro: La Poule au Pot

It’s 2am on a Tuesday night and I’m enjoying a bowl of French onion soup at La Poule au Pot in the Halles quarter in central Paris. What may sound like an unreasonable hour to be out dining on a weekday is in fact the perfect time to get to know one of the most esteemed traditional bistros and most venerable bistro owners in the capital.
Paris-Basque 2017 poster

Paris-Basque: Bistrot Belhara, Iratze and Paris’s Basque Festival

An encounter with two Basque chefs in Paris, Thierry Dufroux of Bistro Belhara and Mathieu Moity of Iratze, participants in Paris-Basque, an annual festival that brings Basque cuisine, sports, music and good cheer to Paris. Includes video interviews with the chefs.
Love locks, Paris, 2011 (c) Joe Wilkins

Paris Love Locks Sold for Charity

This is for all the lovers out there—at least for those who attached locks to Paris bridges over the Seine and for those who are disappointed that love locks have been banned from the city center. On May 13 bunches of them will be up for auction at Paris's official pawn shop.
What are appellations, AOC, AOP?

Market Day in France: Geography, Appellations and Terroir

The association of food and drink with place is what most marks market-based gastronomy in France. In this series we provide travelers with lists of appellations, geographic indicators and other labels given to certain agricultural products in various regions of France. Before getting to the lists, we explain here the various terms and labels that you'll encounter in your seach for quality food and drink and for delicious insights into local and regional traditions.

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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