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’s Pont des Arts Sees Clear After Its Divorce From Love Locks

On a bright December morning I was headed across the footbridge the Pont des Arts to the Institut de France to learn about the 350th anniversary of the Academy of Sciences and about Louis Pasteur's archives, recently listed in the Memory of the World Register.

Paris Restaurant Review: Matière à…, A Harmonious Chef’s Table in the Canal Quarter

Matière à…, a delightful restaurant in the canal quarter of Paris’s 10th arrondissement, where owner-chef Anthony Courteille plays host to a 14-seat chef's table.

Droles de Mecs: High-Energy Gymnastic Hip-Hop Humor

You don’t need to understand French to enjoy the hip-hop gymnastics of Droles de Mecs, a high-energy, feel-good acrobatic dance show playing in Paris...

Barefoot in the Parc de Sceaux

A bike and foot path called La Coulée Verte du Sud Parisien flows south from the edge of Paris by way of the lovely Parc de Sceaux.

Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s: An American Photographer Examines the Garden of Versailles

As France celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, the father of French gardens, France Revisited explores some of this 17th-century landscape gardener’s most famous gardens and parks. Here, American photographer Elise Prudhomme guides us along the garden paths of Versailles.

Dali Retropective at the Pompidou Center

A retrospective of the work of Salvador Dali, the last giant of the history of 20th-century art, showing at the Pompidou Center in Paris, Nov. 21, 2012 to March 25, 2013. Article by Catherine Rigollet translated and adapted for France Revisited.

Life and Death in Eastern Paris: Touring Belleville and Père Lachaise Cemetery

Allison Zinder of Paris on the Edge and Gary Lee Kraut of France Revisited have joined forces for a series of original and good-humored walking tours in the off-beat eastern neighborhoods of Paris, including this curious exploration of Belleville and Père Lachaise Cemetery, with a delicious lunch stop in between.

An Extraordinary View Over Paris Becomes Accessible to the Public

What may well be the most extraordinary view over Paris became accessible to the general public this summer for the first time in its...

Film Review: Suite Française

Suite Française by Irene Némirovsky took the literary world by storm when it was first published in France in 2004, followed up with an English translation in 2006. The sensation had to do with the quality of the work itself in conjunction with the backstory, the sidestory and the epilogue relative to the author herself and her daughter Denise Epstein. Now comes the movie.

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