HTX France 2013

Even though these are trying times in Europe, there's still something magical about France. In this special editorial series, CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh and CultureMap editor-at-large Shelby Hodge offer insider views of the country everyone loves to visit. Clifford covers the Liaisons au Louvre series of parties in Paris hosted by Houstonian Becca Cason Thrash, with attendance by 50 Houstonians, and visits the salons and studios of major designers, with exclusive photos by Michelle Watson, while Shelby offers a one-of-a-kind look at the south of France aboard a magnificent yacht, with stops at Cannes and other hotspots on the French Riviera. It's a tour you don't want to miss.

2 Louis Vuitton salon Paris June 2013

World of luxury: Exclusive look inside the Louis Vuitton home and workshops

By Clifford Pugh - July 9th, 2013

Even though Louis Vuitton is owned by the French conglomerate LVMH, there's still a family feeling at the ancestral home and workshops where trunks and handbags are made in a village outside of Paris. Come along for a special tour.  

6 Vive la France Rotshchild Villa on the French Riviera June 2013

Rothschild villa and gardens a must-see for visitors to the French Riviera

By Shelby Hodge - June 28th, 2013

Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild's turn-of-the-century folly is today a glorious gift to visitors to the Cote d'Azur where her villa and 10 acres of formal gardens stand as one of the loveliest diversions in the area. The ornate palace ...