How to Visit Paris During the Olympics—Even If You Want to Avoid the Games

By Lily Heise

Posted on 01/16/2024, 3:30 PM

In the summer of 2024, Paris’ flashy new Olympic facilities will compete with traffic chaos, security crackdowns, and price hikes. Here’s how to navigate Paris even if you’re not attending the Summer Games....

Purchase History: The Oldest Shops in Paris

By Lily Heise

Posted on 11/21/2019, 7:00 PM

Paris prides itself on its elegant boutiques dedicated to everything from high fashion to gastronomy. But only a handful of old-school shops have had real staying power. Travel back a century—or three—at these time capsules of retail.


Where to Escape Crowds in Overtouristed Venice, Italy

By Lily Heise

Posted on 07/10/2019, 3:30 PM

Find the magic in overcrowded Venice at these lesser-known, and more importantly, lesser-visited treasures....

Places Where You Can Still See Evidence of the Nazi Occupation of Paris

By Lily Heise

Posted on 06/04/2019, 6:00 PM

The memory of these four dark years of suppression, as well as the scars of the battle to liberate the capital, can be observed everywhere....

The Prettiest French Seaside Towns for the Perfect Vacation

By Lily Heise

Posted on 04/22/2019, 6:30 AM

Whether you want to escape to a frozen-in-time fishing village or a grand seaside resort dating to the heyday of the Belle Époque, there’s a French seaside village perfect for you....

The Most Eye-Popping Art Nouveau Cafes in Paris

By Lily Heise

Posted on 04/11/2019, 7:30 AM

Paris, the heart of the Belle Epoque, is home to some of the most beautiful Art Nouveau cafés you will ever see. Here's where to eat....

Loire Valley Castles: The Best French Châteaux You Mustn't Miss

By Lily Heise

Posted on 12/04/2018, 2:30 PM

From formidable French fortresses to extravagant Renaissance estates, these châteaux tower over the rest in the Loire Valley....

Paris' Henri Cartier-Bresson Photography Venue Moves to Meet Tourists

By Lily Heise

Posted on 10/25/2018, 8:00 PM

The gallery and archive dedicated to one of France’s most iconic photographers reopens this week in a new space in the artsy Marais district, where more tourists will be able to see it. Henri Cartier-Bresson was instrumental in the development of modern photojournalism, particularly through his candid street photography. He was also, along with Robert Capa and several other contemporaries, a co...

New Foodie Arcade Opens on Paris’s Left Bank

By Lily Heise

Posted on 09/19/2018, 8:00 PM

Visitors to Paris have a new one-stop destination for gourmet delicacies from the city’s top chefs and food purveyors. Beaupassage, a refurbished historic passageway in the heart of the stylish Saint-Germain district, has opened on the Left Bank. Unveiled on August 25th, the vast 10,000-sq.-m (32,800 sq-ft.) space flows through three connecting pedestrian lanes built in 1703. By the mid-1850s, ove...

Cruising Down the Canal du Midi, France’s Rediscovered Wonder

By Lily Heise

Posted on 07/23/2018, 6:00 PM

Built in the late 17th century, the 150-mile-long canal is now an idyllic haven for boating, biking, and walking, and for making the most of authentic France....

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