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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. 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.

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. From France with Love – Gift Ideas
A list of my favorite gifts from France and where you can find them.

6. Afternoon in the Tuileries Garden
Parisians use the Tuileries like their backyard for barefoot picnics and lazy afternoon sunbaths. Monet´s water lilies reside in the garden at the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume nearly always has an interesting photography exposition on.

7. 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.

8. Surrealism in Houston's Menil Collection
Those that find museums overwhelming will appreciate the diversity and accessibility of Houston's Menil Collection, an unlikely hodgepodge of Surrealist art and its more primal influences.

9. Artcurial – Shopping in Paris
Artcurial is the kind of bookshop you can loose yourself in for hours paging through glossy art and fashion books. Set on the Champs Elysees in the most imperial of buildings, even walking through the lacy wrought iron gates makes you feel important.

10. Midem – Music Industry Gathers in Cannes
The music industry gathers in Cannes each January for three days of networking and concerts called Midem. Here are some highlights from the invitation only music festival where international bands assemble to present newly released albums.



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