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Here are the top ten articles for the French Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Where the Buffalo Roam the Alps
Less than an hour from the French Riviera a herd of European buffalo roam the forested foothills of the Alps. Learn more about visiting the reserve with a safari group.

2. On the Perfume Trail in Grasse
Grasse is renown for the production of luxury fragrances. Learn about the perfume making process and other ways local fruits and blossoms are enjoyed. A guide to the museums and sites to visit on the perfume trail in the south of France.

3. A Lion in Paris - Children's Book Review
The illustrations, a beautiful combination of drawing and collage, are what make Un Lion à Paris one of my favorite children's books. Take a look inside...

4. Madeleine Vionnet – French Couture in the 1920's
Learn more about the liberating fashions of the 1920’s confectioned by couturier Madeline Vionnet, mother of the bias cut.

5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Book Review
The novel, historical fiction set in 1930’s Paris, is delivered by 12 year old Hugo who lives within the train station walls and spends his days winding the clocks and pouring through his journal in an attempt to mend a robot that may carry his father’s last words.

6. They Dance to Afro Beat
I haven’t stopped since last Friday when Femi Kuti and the Positive Force performed in St Germain en Laye. For a week I’ve been dancing around my living room to the jazzy Afro beat. The waves that pulsed through the crowd are summoned even now as I listen.

7. French Perception of Obama’s Presidency
In electing Barack Obama, Americans have drastically changed the French opinion of them as a whole. With stars in their eyes, everyone can’t help but feel inspired by Obama’s candor. While his chessboard moves are anxiously awaited, there is unease amongst some.

8. Les Journees du Patrimoine
During the space of a weekend in September the public is invited to share in France’s patrimonial richness for les Journees du Patrimoine. Given an open sesame to access secret gardens and hotels particuliers in Paris, I opted to visit the Palais d l’Elysee and Palais Royal.

9. Visiting the Paris Opera
Tickets to a performance at the Opera de Paris entitle their holder to a red velvet seat within a grandiose belle époque space. Find out a little more about one of my favorite buildings in Paris and get tips on how to secure affordable seats for yourself at the Opera Garnier.

10. Tea and Cake in the Marais
The Marais is an artsy Paris neighborhood well worth getting to know. My favorite place to have dessert, Le Loir dans la Theiere, is papered in theater posters, seating is a composition of mix matched furniture and a full sideboard of tarts, crumbles, cakes and pies sit out on display.

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