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.

Ville Impériale (Imperial City), a New Trademark, Promotes Napoleonic Tourism

The European Federation of Napoleonic Cities, created by Charles Napoleon, launches the trademark and logo “Ville Impériale” (Imperial City) in the town of Rueil-Malmaison, home to Josephine's Chateau de Malmaison.

Street Talk: Boys Will Be Boys, the Pissoirs of Paris

Pissoirs and vespassiennes, the scantily hidden public urinals that so defined the streets, squares and parks of Paris from the late 1830s to the early...

Paris Basement Theater: Fills Monkey, Drummer Humor

Fills Monkey, a "humorythmic" drum show, is simple, wordless, entertaining basement theater. Article includes information about restaurants in the Montorgueil Quarter and about the Comedie Francaise exhibit at the Petit Palais.

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.

Sometimes, when nature calls…

Sometimes, when the weather’s nice and I feel nature calling, I’ll take the RER out of the city, not too far, a half-hour ride west from the center of Paris. Actually, it isn't nature calling but a friend of mine who lives out there.

A Paris Cupcake Diary, Featuring Macaroons, Too

In which the author examines the parallel lives of the cupcake and the Parisian macaroon and opens up his cupcake diary to tell where to get the best cupcakes in Paris.

Restaurant Reservations

you're not a planner (I’m certainly not), don’t force yourself. You can always find something worthwhile by taking a stroll or by asking at...

The Bonjour Rule

Along with Beware of Pickpockets and Travel Curiously, the Bonjour Rule is one of the top rules to live by as you visit France.

The New Fragrance of the Paris Café

We knew we would be breathing easier when France entered the nonsmoking age in January 2008 with a full ban on smoking in enclosed...

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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