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  • An Insider's View - The Artful Life of Johan Hierck

    By Sue Aran

    Every so often you cross paths with someone who embodies the creative spirit, who lives and breathes his metier, and for me recently, that someone is Johan Hierck.  A Dutch artist who has lived in rural France for the past 35 years, Johan is the son of the painter and first monumental sculptor in Holland, Hub Hierck.


    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • Author Interview with Stephen Clarke

    By Anne McCarthy

    Stephen Clarke is dirty.

    Or rather, his new book is. Clarke, author of the international bestseller A Year in the Merde and the subsequent books in the Merde series, is adored by readers far and wide for his biting, comic, Brit wit. His wry humor, engaging style and deadpan deliveries punctuate his pages, making for a pleasurable read, be you French, English or other.


    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • Meg Bortin on Life, Food and Journalism Then and Now

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    For many years Meg Bortin was a reporter and top editor at the International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times). Her ebullient personality leaves one with the impression that they don’t make ‘em like they used to. After a rollicking career in journalism, Bortin cheerfully embraced other challenges. She wrote a book in which she tried to make sense of all that happened to her. She adopted, as a single woman, a baby girl from Mali.


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 29, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While walking along le Canal de l'Ourcq in the northeast of Paris, I recently came across la brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris (BSPP). Les pompiers (firemen) were in the middle of a fire hose training, several of them were stationed on the side of the canal, and two others were high up on the truck's ladder. It was quite an impressive site so I took a photo before continuing on my way.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 )
  • Terrace of the Week Atelier Vivanda Rive Gauche : Le 110 Taillevent & French Dress Code.com

    By Margaret Kemp

    Akrame Benallal explains his concept: “La Haute Couture, c’est mon **Michelin restaurant gastronomique le Prêt- a- Porter, c’est L’Atelier Vivanda”. At Le 110 Taillevent Brasserie Director Olivier Le Guyader says: “The key to unlocking the pleasures of Le 110 menu is its’ wines… 110 served by the glass, plus a total of 330 wines from France and other countries available by the bottle”.  And, a new web-site sorts the skinny on dresscode.


    Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 22, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo, taken by Dennis Jarvis on a recent trip to Paris, gives us a close up view of the crisscrossing iron lattice structure and lifts of la Tour Eiffel. As Dennis explains, la Tour's elevator system has been changed several times since it's opening as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. Constructing the original lifts from the first to second platform proved to be complicated because a straight track was not possible, and no French companies made proposals for the job.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
  • Parc Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

    By Gregory Ross

    When I arrived in Paris to begin the writing of the Hidden Parks of Paris, I stayed for two nights in the eighteenth arrondissement, on Rue de la Clignancourt.  The apartment was in a three-hundred year old building, with a good café and a cobblestone courtyard downstairs.  I booked the room on Air BnB, prudent to the expectations a guest will be required to adhere to when staying in a host’s apartment in Paris.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
  • Best Casinos in Paris

    By Scott Cooper

    Paris certainly draws crowds for its beauty, with the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, and Pont Des Arts Bridge and of course all the fashion and romance you could possibly imagine. But even though gambling might not be at the top of the list for most visitors, if you like casinos, you'll find some here too.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
  • Maestro : Be Careful Of What You Don’t Wish For

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Maestro is a film you want to like, but almost can’t, because it tries too hard. It has a nice, original concept: Henri Renaud, an aspiring young actor who wants more than anything to be a star in conventional movies, instead lands a leading role in the latest opus of a renowned, but very artsy, auteur.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 August 2014 )
  • Summer Concert Series at Parc Floral

    By Loui Franke
    Summer in the city is a perfect time to seek out the many activities available at little to no cost in Paris. One of my favorites is the summer concert series at the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris in the heart of the royal forest, Bois de Vincennes, and next to the Château de Vincennes.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 15, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph was taken on August 1st, 1909 at Parc des Princes stadium, which was the final destination of the Tour de France from 1903 to 1967. The rider pictured here, Jean Alavoine, was 21 years old at the time and won 3rd place in that year's general classification. Throughout his career, the French professional cyclist won 17 stages in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for five days.


    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Vernon, France – Not Just a Way Into Giverny

    By Michele Kurlander

    I revisited Giverny last week via the usual train from Paris’ Gare St Lazare to Vernon, and discovered that Claude Monet and the town of Giverny are not the only wonders at the end of the tracks, but that the town of Vernon itself is also worth the trip.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 8, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Before leaving the south of France I was lucky enough to visit La Calanque d'En-Vau, pictured here. It's one of the many calanques along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Cassis. The point of departure was a winding coastal road from which we hiked two hours to get to the rocky beach which was flanked on either side by majestic falaises (cliffs).


    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 )
  • Ralph's, Le Restaurant, Terrace of the Week : Les Chats du Bristol : Champs Elysees 100 Photos & Zenderm® Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever”, says Ralph Lauren. Ralph’s, Lauren’s eponymous Paris restaurant is style with a capital “S”. There’s a new VIP arrival at Le Bristol, Paris, a moving exhibition to commemorate the First World War and, with Zenderm® have a bite-free vacation.


    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 )
  • A visit to the charming Hôpital-Saint-Blaise

    By Loui Franke

    Summer is here with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Many of the courageous among us will be taking up backpacks and begin making their way along one of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compestello. For the less courageous you can travel the backroads of southern France by car to begin this journey and still be able to take in the scenery and discover the history and charm in this part of the world.


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 August 2014 )

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