• Poor Alphonse

    By Joseph Lestrange

    He looks so sad to me, small and shrunken, and worst of all simply passed by. He’s standing there where he always stands, immobile staring ahead, his mouth bemused, perhaps, but not really smiling. I guess he knows that no one is paying attention or, if anyone stops to look at him, no one has any idea who he is or, more to the point, who he used to be.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
  • The Cité Internationale Univérsitaire de Paris: A Place to Nurture Students and Promote Peace

    By Janet Hulstrand

    What better time than la rentrée scolaire to pay tribute to the Cité Internationale Univérsitaire de Paris, a post World War I “utopian dream” that became a reality in 1925—and that to this day continues to provide a living, thriving model of peaceful coexistence for the world.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 )
  • 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 )
  • 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 )
  • 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 )
  • Turning Seventy in Paris With - Hemingway and Other Ex-Pats

    By Michele Kurlander

    I am In Paris this entire month to recognize (note that I don’t say “celebrate”) that on the 20th of this month I will turn – aaaggghhhhh – the age of 70!

    Une femme d’un certain age (as the French like to say).

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 )
  • We’ll Always Have Paris: in Pique Assiette Mosaic

    By Sybil Sage

    We have another way of keeping France alive when we're back home as mosaic artist Sybil Sage designs pique assiette with images so evocative, you almost smell the Pastis and steak au poivre.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 June 2014 )
  • One Staircase, Twice

    By Joseph Lestrange

    It couldn’t last. Of course it couldn’t, and I should have known better and spared myself the trip back to see it and the disappointment— more than that, sadness really, and lots of deep sighing—that smacked me in the teeth as I looked. But I knew it had been there obviously for some time—nothing gets that beautiful all at once—so maybe it was an objet for the owner of the building as much as it was for me, an urban artifact, found art or Merzkunst, an act of nature if not a miracle of a saint. I should have known.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 )
  • French Look-Alike Cheeses from The U.S.

    By Wini Moranville

    Some of the greatest French cheeses simply don’t travel well. The solution? Find an American artisanal cheese made in the same style as the one you seek.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 )
  • News Flash

    By Joseph Lestrange

    I missed it. Of course I did. You? But there it was in Le Figaro, news to me, and hot news to boot, or so they said. Would they tell a lie? The story ran in May, so it was a bit too late for un poisson d’avril, and anyway Le Fig is too starchy for dumb tricks like that. But there it was, with facts and figures: coloring books for grown-ups are sweeping the country or, as they put it in the paper, selling like rolls, though I prefer hotcakes. Coloring books. Va savoir.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 )
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