Sixty collectors’ automobiles, discovered after 50 years of dormancy, are on display before going on sale at Paris’ Retromobile exhibition. Tara Cleary reports.
Every country has its food capitals, especially in Europe. France has Lyon. Spain has San Sebastián. And Italy has Emilia-Romagna, the root of all things delizioso in the country. The region’s center is its sophisticated capital at Bolog…
Each of Paris‘s legendary hotels has a character all its own, but when it comes to luxury, the differences become more nuanced. The pursuit of excellence is in the details, and that extends to the jewel in every hotel’s crown: its spa. The 10 hotel spas listed here represent Paris’s very best, offering an indulgent experience that goes so much more than skin deep.
Every year in December, Lyon puts on the incredible Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights), during which more than 70 light installations transform the city’s streetscapes into thrilling works of art. Though the festival’s origins go back more than 150 years and are religious in nature, these days the annual event is a secular spectacle that draws an international audience of almost three million visitors over a four-day period (December 5–8 in 2014). The scene in Lyon is charming: Crowds fill the streets to take in the lights while vendors hawk mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and tartiflette, a hearty gratin of potatoes, onions, bacon, and cheese. This year’s festival featured an astounding 75 installations, so we’ve selected 10 highlights from around the city. The photographs may not fully do justice to each installation—a search for the festival on YouTube is worth your time—but hopefully they will inspire you to add this whimsical event, one of world’s most-attended festivals, to your bucket list.
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