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.

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.

Le Vieux Crapaud: Admirable Bistro Fare Near the Arc de Triomphe

Country fare meets upscale neighborhood near the Arc de Triomphe at Thomas Boutin’s Le Vieux Crapaud, where venturesome eaters enjoy frogs, pig’s ears, snails and pigeon while their dining companions savor admirable preparations of more familiar traditional bistro cuisine.

Paris Is for Nerds

From Eiffel’s engineering to Pasteur’s rabies vaccine, from the trace of the Paris meridian to the swing of Foucault’s pendulum, from the Botanical Garden to the Discovery Palace, science holds a place of honor in the French capital. It’s a place that’s often ignored.
Rabbi Tom Cohen and Rabbi Pauline Bebe

A Couple of Rabbis in Paris

On the morning of January 14, 2015, American Rabbi Tom Cohen and French Rabbi Pauline Bebe, a unique couple in Judaism in France and worldwide, awoke to news that soldiers had arrived outside their respective synagogues in Paris.

Street Talk: The Ghosts of Rue du Bac

Visiting Paris from California, Herb Hoffman and Joan Preston discover that their temporary home on Rue du Bac is surrounded by the ghosts of friends and acquaintances of democracy in America.
Lobby of the Hotel Regina. The revolving door is in the far right. Photo David Grimbert.

Hotel Regina: Wine & Friends & Classic Paris Luxury

Refurbished in 2015 and a wine bar added in 2016, the 5-star Hotel Regina, across the street from the Louvre, has regained its place among the luxury hotels of Paris’s 1st arrondissement. Gary Lee Kraut nods to Joan of Arc then pushes through the revolving door for a visit and a glass of wine.
Caroline Hoarau-Beauval - cofounder of ArchiTrip at Bibliotheque Francois Mitterrand-GLK

ArchiTrip: Tours of 20th- and 21st-Century Paris

An encounter with Christine Hoarau-Beauval, cofounder of ArchiTrip, a Paris-based company offerings tours of 20th and 21st century architecture and urban planning that help travelers and residents understanding the evolution of Paris beyond the 19th-century upheavals of Baron Haussmann.

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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