Cozy up with a hot cup of cocoa as you stroll through the bustling alleys of these international Christmas markets. From Germany to New York and Shanghai to Toronto, these holiday fairs welcome starry-eyed shoppers and rosy-cheeked spectators to explore a winter wonderland.
Think of French wine regions, and the Loire Valley is not one that is top of mind.
Here, family-owned cafes serve fresh fish to tables overlooking the sea, bakers craft delicately flakey pastries with the local salted butter, and huge farmers’ markets overflow with fresh vegetables and herbs.
The subversive genius of Cité du Vin is in the modern, forward-facing way it celebrates a timeless pleasure, aiming to bring a personal and tactile element to the often all-too-serious historical and cultural understanding of wine.
The combination of art, architecture, and wine—white, red, and the rosé for which Provence is famous— is what makes Château La Coste different.
Google “songs about …” and you open the door to a pantheon as immense as, well, the Pantheon. Imagine titles like “Under the Bridges of London” or “Under Toronto Skies”. A little lacking in romance, non? Until you replace those cities’ names with “Paris”.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Founded in the 1950s, Paris-based Club Méditerranée—better known as Club Med—was the first all-inclusive resort company. In the decades since, the French brand has evolved.
The House of Creed was founded in 1760, a long time ago indeed, by James Henry Creed, and since then the heritage brand has been passed down through the lineage to the current perfumer, sixth-generation Olivier Creed, and his son, Erwin.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: When you enter the shop on rue de la Roquette, you’re hit with the most luxurious of aromas: chocolate. And not just any chocolate but chocolate made in the open manufacture (workshop) on-site. This chocolate is so pure, all that’s missing is the cocoa plantation out back.