Ancient France was a pagan kind of a place. Think Druidic rituals in forests (if you’ve read Astérix, you’ll well picture this) and Celtic chants around bonfires.  And then along came King Clovis I, in the fifth century, who decided to convert to Christianity. One way in which he, and various other powers-that-be, successfully converted […]

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There are many theories as to why French women don’t get fat (as the 2004 book so famously claimed) but one of the Parisiennes’ top slimming strategies must surely be that they walk so much. Paris, of course, has a way of making walking seem a pleasure rather than a chore; there’s always a picturesque […]

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Gorgeous delicacies can be found all over Paris, but the most classic of Parisian treats are at their scrumptious best in the places where they were created, or else perfected. The Macaron Macaron biscuits — a blend of almond, sugar and egg whites — have been popular in Europe for centuries; legend has it that […]

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You can’t go back to 1950s Paris (sigh) but you can visually transport yourself there through watching the glorious first two episodes of the second season of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel — and most of those locations can still be visited in the modern day (give or take some vintage set decoration). When Midge and […]

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