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Kir and Kir Royale

When in doubt, leave it to the French to master the art of enjoying a good drink on every occasion.  For long lunches with friends and family, when you want to relax and enjoy, a much-loved wine cocktail Kir -  or if the occasion is...

Calvados

Along with wines, cognac and champagne, France is also known for its delicious apple brandy – Calvados. The ingenious French used the cool and damp climate of Normandy to their advantage and created a drink from specially grown and selected apples whose history dates back...

Cognac

Along with Champagne, Cognac is another authentic French drink that conquered the world.  It is one of the most important French export products and a drink that will add class, aroma, warmth, and taste to every occasion.   This brandy is named after the town of Cognac...

High heels

Ever since Catherine de Medici introduced them to the French, the high-heeled shoes were a fashion must. At first, they were an inseparable part of man's wardrobe, especially royals and nobility but later, in the late 18th century, they became a feminine symbol, the sexy,...

Cigarettes

It was the epitome of cool. Before it became politically incorrect, smoking cigarettes was sexy and rebellious. It added a touch of danger and glamour and a sense of freedom to everyday life.   Cigarette smoking became widespread by the late 19th century and was associated with...

Mariniere

When it comes to Frenchness,  striped sailor jersey known as tricot raye, mariniere or Breton shirt is the iconic garment,  a cool classic worn by trendsetters from Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso to Brigitte Bardot, Jean Paul Gaultier and Caroline de Maigret.   Traditionally...

Beret

When you say France, chances are that one of your first associations would be a beret, that soft, round, flat-crowned Basque hat usually made from sturdy wool felt that prevents the passage of wind and water and is designed with a tight-fitting crown that helps...

Women of style – Catherine de Medici

We know her as a sinister Queen, “the Italian woman”, a scheming poisoner and a ruthless power player who controlled her sons and gave her daughter a hell of a wedding present - St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.   Film lovers probably remember Virna Lisi’s rather accurate portrayal...

The Louvre Pyramid

The Louvre Pyramid, an integral part of Paris's Louvre Museum, turns 30 today.   A large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American award-winning architect I.M. Pei to be the new entrance to the Louvre museum, has become a cherished Paris landmark. But when it was completed...

Heloise and Abelard

Hers was one of the most beautiful and tragic (true) love stories, a model upon which many fictional love stories were later based on. But who was Heloise, the woman whose love affair with Pierre Abelard scandalized the 12th-century world?   Despite being one of the greatest...