Brittany: Art in the Chapels

July 22, 2013 | By Claudia Barbieri | Farther Afield

Contemporary Religious Art: Blasphemy or Blessing? The Chapelle St Gildas in Bieuzy-les-Eaux. If Puff the Magic Dragon ever joined the cast of “Sesame Street,” he might look like the mop-headed multipede by the artist Virginie Barré in the Chapel of … Read More

Requins: L’Expo-Sensation

July 2, 2013 | By Heidi Ellison | Farther Afield

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Shark? A blacktip reef shark. Photo: T. Ameller. Musée Océanographic de Monaco. Sharks have a seriously bad rep, but just because they chomp on an occasional surfer doesn’t mean that they are truly vicious … Read More


October 13, 2009 | By Heidi Ellison | Farther Afield

Tadashi Kawamata’s wooden bridge and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s film installation, works presented in Bordeaux during the Evento festival. Every French city seems to be promoting itself these days by holding a big contemporary art festival. Lille had its Lille 3000 in … Read More

Bienvenue à la Ferme

September 15, 2009 | By Heidi Ellison | Farther Afield

Angora goats at the Mohair du Pays du Corlay farm in Brittany. Here’s a great vacation or weekend idea for those who like to get up close and personal with animals: a stay on a farm. On a recent visit … Read More

Zum Strissel in Strasbourg

June 17, 2008 | By Richard Hesse | Farther Afield

No-Stress Strissel Strasbourg’s picturesque Old Town is located on an island. From time to time, a friend who is an art market insider and I avail ourselves of France’s wonderful and hugely subsidized high-speed trains to go and see an … Read More

Mini-guide to Avignon

June 20, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Farther Afield

Pont, Popes and Plays Tourists admiring the architecture of Avignon. Avignon, dominated by the imposing 14th-century Gothic fortress of the Palais des Papes and the adjacent golden-statue-topped Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral next to it, is best known to the world … Read More

Touring France

July 19, 2005 | By Owen McGowan | Farther Afield

Making Sens of Burgundy The very first bridge over the mighty Seine, just a trickle at its source. There are umpteen options for a weekend getaway from Paris, but how many take you to places nobody goes to, French or … Read More