Courtney Traub founded Paris Unlocked in 2017 as a travel guide for the culturally curious, and as a forum for crafting unusual, sometimes-personal stories and histories about the capital. Originally from Los Angeles, Courtney is addicted to walking around the city with no particular aim and is happiest when writing about-- and tasting--good food and wine. She's also a film devotee and a scholar of contemporary literature.

Greening Paris: The Eiffel Tower & Trocadero to host the city's largest garden

In recent years, Paris has been on a mission to become a greener, more pedestrian-friendly city. Click to find out more!

, 24/10/2019 10:28

A Short History of the French Macaron: From Humble Religious Cake to Ladurée (Part 3)

I'll now return to the beginning of my story and experience tasting the St-Emilion macaron, which is what prompted me to learn more about this small chapter in France's food history in the first pl...

, 08/07/2019 11:34

A Short History of the French Macaron: From Humble Religious Cake to Ladurée (Part 2)

As I think about the remarkable diversity of French macarons and their centuries-long history, something strikes me: only the most recent version of the cake has won global recognition as being the...

, 24/06/2019 13:03

A Short History of the French Macaron: From Humble Religious Cake to Ladurée (Part 1)

During a recent trip to the medieval French town of Saint-Emilion, I stayed in a lovely B&B called the Château Franc-Pourret, right outside the city's walls and plunged in the middle of the vineyar...

, 03/06/2019 09:29