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Escapades |

En vacances: my favorite French vacation spots

I would walk into the village for breakfast and drink my morning coffee on a restaurant terrace with views of the Bay of St. Tropez. I spent days hiking through olive groves or sunning myself at the beach at Ramatuelle. At night, it was dinner alfresco in the gathering dark. It was magic.

Escapades |

Secret spots for French flâneurs: Paris from above

Every city on earth is made for walking, but some are better for it than others. On the top of my list of places to explore à pied is Paris, of course. This is especially true when I walk “in the sky,” almost above the rooftops, along the re-purposed elevated railway tracks by the Promenade Plantée.

Gastronomie |

A French epiphany

There’s a delightful pâtisserie to savour after Christmas – an Epiphany cake called the galette des rois. It takes its name from the three wise men or Magi who visited Jesus twelve days after his birth. It’s served not just on January 6 but throughout the month.