HUGO VICKERS: Why I believe King Charles should TURN DOWN an invitation to the magnificent Paris villa where Edward and Mrs Simpson played at being King and Queen…

HUGO VICKERS: Why I believe King Charles should TURN DOWN an invitation to the magnificent Paris villa where Edward and Mrs Simpson played at being King and Queen…

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s house in the Bois de Boulogne is to become a visitor attraction – and we are told that the King has been invited to look around it in the course of his postponed state visit to Paris next month. There are many reasons for you or me visiting the … Read more

Paul & Joe founder says when it comes to fashion, her compatriots get cooler with age

Paul & Joe founder says when it comes to fashion, her compatriots get cooler with age

It feels very French that one of Sophie Mechaly’s cats should wander into the frame while she is speaking to me over Zoom from her office in Paris. ‘Miaow,’ it says, demanding attention, as cats are wont to do. ‘Shoo!’ says Mechaly, for her moggy, Gipsy, is standing in front of her camera, blocking our … Read more

The chic luxury apartments that you could buy in the French capital

The chic luxury apartments that you could buy in the French capital

BUYER’S GUIDE TO PARIS Choosing an area Paris consists of 20 arrondissements (districts), all with their own characteristics and property prices. I suggest putting aside a weekend to explore each. Most of the famous landmarks, restaurants and shops are in the central arrondissements of Châtelet, Le Marais (where we bought an apartment) and the Latin … Read more

The best luxury stays in Paris

The best luxury stays in Paris

WALDORF ASTORIA VERSAILLES – TRIANON PALACE Ooh-la-la factor So many Grand Budapest Hotel vibes. Opened in 1910, this chocolate-box, neoclassical hotel has welcomed everyone from novelist Marcel Proust and US President Dwight D Eisenhower to Queen Elizabeth II.  One of its rooms even saw former French Prime Minister Georges Clémenceau dictate the conditions of the … Read more

Moth the size of a mouse – and it even squeaks like one, too

Moth the size of a mouse – and it even squeaks like one, too

NATURE  The Jewel Box by Tim Blackburn (W&N, £20) Hordes of pitch invaders descended upon the Stade de France in Paris — disrupting the final of the UEFA European Football Championship between France and Portugal in July 2016. But they were not over-enthusiastic football fans. They were moths. One settled on the eyebrow of Portugal’s star, … Read more