Louvre

Yes, Paris is the ideal city for spontaneity and serendipity, for winding about cobbled streets and roaming the boulevards to see where whimsy takes you. But Paris is also a city of bucket-list experiences that thousands of visitors are hoping to tick off. That’s why the most satisfying sojourn in the City of Light usually […]

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Diane de Poitiers wears the bejewelled crown of France’s most intriguing, and infamous, royal mistress. The chief lover of Henri II, who ruled from 1547 to 1559, an all-powerful Diane made many enemies, and such was her dominant status that she has detractors to this day — many historians write her off as greedy and […]

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If you can’t get to Paris to do your Christmas shopping (le sigh …), some of the city’s most fabulous gift stores will come to you. Whether you’re after a present for your best friend or boyfriend, great-niece or great-uncle, read on for inspiration … Boutique des Musées Consider this website — which sells the […]

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One of history’s most influential (not to mention infamous) leaders, Catherine de Medici still enthralls and intrigues the world five hundred years after her birth. Case in point: The Serpent Queen, the new period drama series based on Leonie Frieda’s best-selling biography, Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France. In 1533, the Florentine heiress, aged […]

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