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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. 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...
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Up-dos Made in France – Cut by Fred
Stylist to the stars, Fred's weekly blog is a bank of advice on achieving the right cut and color. I like the video demonstrations of him effecting messy up-dos on waifish French models and peeking inside the Parisian apartments of friends he visits for hair SOS.
6. Picasso in Provence
The influence that Cezanne's work held over Picasso is the subject of this summer's exhibition at the Musee Granet in Aix en Provence. In collaboration with the museum, Chateau de Vauvenargues, the artist's Provencal residence has been opened to the public for guided visits.
7. 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.
8. Paris Schools of Language – La Sorbonne vs. Alliance Française
When assessing options for French language instruction, after weighing the merits and shortcomings of la Sorbonne against those of Alliance Française, I was able to find my niche in the classroom.
9. From France with Love – Gift Ideas
A list of my favorite gifts from France and where you can find them.
10. Jardins Jardin – How to Cultivate an Urban Garden
How to create an urban garden answered by Paris’ landscape architects and exterior designers in a dozen ephemeral vignettes that cropped up for the Jardins Jardin festival in the Tuileries.
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