Beyond France

  • New York or Paris or Both, You Choose

    By Shaohong Luo

    New Yorkers think New York is the greatest city on earth and Parisians find it hard to understand why it’s necessary for any city apart from Paris to exist at all. But if you weren’t born and bred in either, you’d be forgiven for noticing more than a few similarities between the two.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 )
  • Parlez Vous Franglais?

    By Kymberley Baker

    Amour.  Those who daydream about France envision lovers strolling along the Seine holding hands, or perhaps stealing a kiss over an espresso at a café, but in Paris, love exists in all shapes and forms. It’s amour that seeps out of the city’s old walls, and that hangs in the smell of baking bread every morning.  Here, even the smallest things can be beautiful and deemed worthy of it.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 December 2014 )
  • Getting the Parisian Look in New York with Hairstylist Ricardo Rojas

    By Katherine Brodsky

    That effortless Parisian chic look?  Here's a secret: It takes a bit of work.

    French women may take a minimalist approach to beauty, but the key to achieving that look is making sure everything looks healthy and polished inside and out. That's where hairstylist to the stars, Ricardo Rojas comes in...

    Last Updated ( Monday, 07 July 2014 )
  • Escape to London: Chelsea Physic Garden, Draycott Hotel & more

    By Katherine Brodsky

    Getting to central London from Paris is a breeze, just a short Eurostar ride away and it's a particularly appealing destination during wintertime when the city takes on a certain festive vibe. We share some great things to do, places to shop at and visit, and review The Draycott Hotel, a true home away from home.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 October 2013 )
  • Getting a Handle on Pot

    By Barbara Becquiot

    My close American friend and teacher Carla, recently invited me to join her on a five day trip to Amsterdam, Holland. Once we had learned to dodge the hundreds of speeding bicycles and have properly taken in the beauty of Amsterdam’s canal life, we were ready to attack the National Rilke Gallery and Van Gogh’s work of genius. At the end of a morning among the masters, we set off to have lunch in a little restaurant adjacent to the two museums. The restaurant opened onto a central park and, after lunch we stepped out onto the covered terrace to savour our coffee. As we were speaking, an acrid odour coming from a nearby bench suddenly drew our attention. We immediately recognized that it wasn’t cigarette tobacco, but pot smoke we were smelling.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
  • Sitting out Superstorm Sandy in Paris

    By Karen Fawcett

    There are worse things than being in Paris and observing Superstorm Sandy. But disasters can cause people to feel isolated, when friends and family are in the eye of the storm. But, because modes of communication are so very different now than just 10 years ago, it’s a very different scenario.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 October 2012 )
  • French Influence in Canada

    By Arnie Greenberg

    It's like visiting a foreign country without going abroad. Just a short drive from Maine, New York, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland, one can visit Montreal or Quebec City, the Province’s capital with the same name. It's built on two levels and offers visitors a chance to live in a French milieu.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 August 2012 )
  • A French Caribbean: St Barthélemy and Guanahani Resort & Spa

    By Katherine Brodsky

    If you have to explain to a US customs inspector what St. Bart’s is, you might cause some confusion. You see, St. Bart’s uses euros, calls are long-distance, the language spoken is French, the culture is decidedly French – and so is the food (which is mostly imported). It’s no surprise then that the small island is part of France. “So you’re going to Europe,” asks the intimidating inspector with a healthy hint of skepticism. “No, it’s in the Caribbean,” you start to explain nervously. It’s no use, by now the inspector is certain that you’ve invented the place. But, luckily, he lets you go anyways. After all, if you went through the effort of inventing a dream destination, the least you should be allowed is to go there.


    Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 June 2012 )
  • The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant Garde Now in New York

    By Janet Hulstrand

    The Steins CollectFor many years during the first half of the 20th century, an artist’s atelier with attached living quarters a few blocks from the Luxembourg Gardens was the scene of regular Saturday night soirées that drew a stunning array of intellectual and artistic talent from across Paris and around the world. Now visitors to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art can take a look at the “modern art” everyone was so eager to see at 27 rue de Fleurus, back when it was something very new. The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, on display through June 3, has brought together more than 200 works of art collected by Gertrude Stein, and by her brothers Michael and Leo, in the early years of the 20th century.



    Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 April 2012 )
  • Return to France in San Miguel

    By Arnie Greenberg

    Winters in San Miguel Mexico allow one to follow the sun, eat and live well and enjoy people and ideas from around the world. This is our fourth winter here and again it is the people and activities that draw us. Where else could one attend a violin concert by a young talented American, a top notch 1950’s French film, a reading of a Neil Simon Play, all in three days. Yes, San Miguel has it all.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 March 2012 )
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