Even though it's 4,400 miles from Paris, St. Barts maintains a decidedly French air due to its long history. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and named for his brother. Gustavia, the capital of this tiny island, is rich with steep hills, spectacular white sand beaches, and turquoise waters. One of the Leeward Islands, St. Barts has long been considered a playground of the rich and famous. Much of its charm lies in its architecture, from the vestiges of its Swedish era, with a pretty little Anglican church topped with a wood cupola to a myriad of colonial-style houses, some painted in vibrant Caribbean colors and others cool behind their white clapboard facades and slatted shutters.