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  • Endangered Villages

    By Sue Aran

    Many years ago I attended a reading with a friend of mine at a wonderful travel store in Seattle, Washington, called Wide World Travel, when she and I first considered the possibility of buying and sharing a house amongst our families in France. The reading was given by Laurence Raybois who had written a small book called Chez Moi - The Foreigner's Guide to Buying a Home in France.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 )
  • A Fashion Girl in Paris: An Interview with Aleksandra Domagala

    By Katja Kozlevcar

    I met Aleksandra during my four month stay in Paris back in 2012 when she instantly charmed me with her energy and zest for life. As a Polish fashion girl living in Paris she had the opportunity to experience some really amazing opportunities, such as working for Balenciaga, but also overcoming a few differences between the cultures.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 )
  • Transhumance - Fête du Mouton

    By Sue Aran

    A friend of mine recently called and asked if I wanted to go to the transhumance with him in the village of Toujouse, about 15 minutes away from where I live in the Gers.  Puzzled, I asked, "What's the transhumance?" , thinking maybe it was a long distance race and we'd watch the winner cross the finish line - I wasn't that far off.  Transhumance ( from the French, transhumer - to change ones pasture) is actually the seasonal migration of people with their livestock between summer and winter pastures, in this case sheep, hundreds of them.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
  • The Art of the Scam: The 'Artsy' Side of Paris You Don’t Want to See

    By Robyn Webb

    Everywhere you look in Paris there is art; certainly in the museums, but don't forget about artfully arranged boutique windows artistically wrapped purchases, wildly imaginative graffiti art and the art of living well, something which Parisians have turned into, well…  an art form.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 20 October 2014 )
  • Bleu de Lectoure

    By Sue Aran

    When I lived in Seattle, Washington, I used to drive to Vancouver, British Columbia once a year, before the holidays, to shop for gifts on Granville Island.  Granville Island has a wonderful public market, artist's studios and co-ops filled with imaginative, handmade crafts.  I always saved the best store for last, Maiwa Handprints, a textile lover's paradise specializing in embroidered, block printed, handwoven, naturally dyed textiles from India.

    In November of 2009, while once again shopping at Maiwa, I discovered a brochure for a symposium given by Henri Lambert of the Bleu de Lectoure shop, another textile lover's paradise...

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2014 )
  • Two Doors, One Morning

    By Joseph Lestrange

    Doorways can be beautiful, some of them. Think of those elegant beauties in the apartment houses from the 1890s with marble brackets holding up a lintel overhead, below that a mascaron or sometimes a cartouche, the chestnut or oak of the double doors themselves, their glass armored in cast-iron grillwork with a sculpted head or maybe a pineapple or a bunch of grapes up top, their shiny door knobs or, better yet rings, catching the eye like birthmarks, the flinty threshold.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 )
  • Person of the Moment: Philippe Starck - THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY

    By Margaret Kemp

    Philippe Starck is one of the few contemporary French designers famous worldwide. In a brilliant career spanning 40 years, with more than 10,000 designs to his name, he’s established an image as the world's most prolific and exciting creator.

    From everyday products, such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind turbines, restaurants, electric cars, hotels etc. Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design, describes his work as: “subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator”.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 )
  • An Insider's View - The Garden of Marinette

    By Sue Aran

    Marinette Arramon-Berdot, an elegant woman of a certain age, lives in an old auberge in the village of Parleboscq, a small commune in the Landes department of the Aquitaine region of France.  She is well known among the locals as an extraordinary naturopath who has devoted her life to healing.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 10 October 2014 )
  • Going to Paris? Don't Speak French?

    By Pat Smith

    Going to Paris?

    Don’t speak French?

    No Problem.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )
  • Half a Sandwich

    By Joseph Lestrange

    It’s a soup sandwich of metaphors, but I guess you could say that I led with my chin, though he never laid a glove on me, and surely my heart was in the right place. Or you could say I should have kept my mouth shut, but I thought I had learned an important lesson a few years ago about not doing that, about speaking man to man, and wanted to see if it had been worth learning.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )
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