Le Voyage à Nantes Public Art Festival

Artworks interact with the French city itself—and some stay in place forever

If you arrive by boat to Nantes in western France, you’ll quickly understand what makes the city (the country’s sixth largest) such an unusual and thrilling place. Scattered all along the Loire river on the way into the city are massive public artworks, including a skeletal sea-snake and a typical French stone house that’s sat in the middle of the river and looks like it …

Word of Mouth: Belle-Île-en-Mer, Brittany

Ferry away to idyllic port cities, breathtaking cliffside hikes and secluded sandy beaches

Distill the essence of a seaside vacation destination. You may find a vision of quaint cottages settled along sandy coves. Perhaps it’s a series of small, colorful towns dotted by restaurants serving local cuisine beside shops with regional wares. Maybe it’s simply a salty breeze, a walk through a shaded garden or a moment of quiet under the sun. After a 45-minute ferry ride into …

France to Ban Smartphones at Schools

It began in 2017: French officials imposed a law that limited how frequently and in what manner employers may contact employees outside of office hours. Now, the French government is setting their sights on schools. Smartphone-less students, they believe, will improve classroom efficiency, effectiveness and, on a broader level, preserve the “sanctity” of the classroom and learning experience. This new law will, however, make “exceptions …

The Glamorous Origins of Eight & Bob Perfume

A French perfumer's brand with a history as special as his divine fragrances

According the perfume experts at Scent Bar, the original Eight & Bob fragrance combines citrus, spice accord, violet, iris, cedar, sandalwood, gaiac, and ambergris. Created by Parisian aristocrat Albert Fouquet, this sophisticated combination comes with a remarkable history. In fact, the way it unfolds is much like a screenplay. Fouquet met a young John F Kennedy in Côte d’Azur during 1937. Kennedy remarked on the …

Justice: Stop

With a sound and look that is quintessentially Justice, the French electro outfit just released the official video for “Stop.” Retro-inspired, neon animation by Mrzyk + Moriceau accompanies the song, which balances heavy synths with choral elevation. The duo is set for a summer tour in Europe, and will visit the US this fall.