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Though most Europeans have no idea who Charles “Sparky” Schulz was, his “Peanuts” characters are known all over the world.  Until Wednesday's events, French cartoonists  Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Philippe...

It’s been a tough few weeks for France. On Wednesday, January 7, my husband stood transfixed in front of the television, muttering something about "some shooting somewhere in Paris."  Soon, it became more specific:  The...

It was a particularly cold day when I visited Jardin de l'Hôtel de Sens. November days in Paris tend to be dreary and it is difficult to wake up in the morning when it...

What does say the Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, a book written in 1870 by the famous Jules Verne? (...) "The man is not free. He is connected to the pump...

Maison Kayser : Friday 13th, 1996, rue Monge, the date Eric Kayser, son, grandson and great-grand son of Alsace bakers, launched his first bakery. Word soon got round the ‘hood and people made new besties waiting...

We call Paris one of the four fashion capitals, together with Milan, New York and London, but truly Paris is nothing less but the only fashion capital of the world. We aren’t stating that...

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...

On Season's wings November.  The passage, overhead, of hundreds of thousands of ash gray cranes is as symbolic of the winter solstice, here in Burgundy, as are goats cheese, chestnuts and tangerines on the kitchen...

There is one concentration camp that is not often mentioned but it has a varied and interesting history. It is Gurs. This was the largest concentration camp in the south of...

New Exhibition Shining a Light on Life as a Foreigner Photographic artist Victor Guerin is striking a chord with expats and locals alike in the City of Lights, with his new exhibition 'Revealing the...

A New Start Summer vacation is over for most French people.  November is here and a sort of sluggish Indian summer has settled over Burgundy.  For the younger generation it is a new start.  For...

Life these days can sometimes be a bit grim - Ebola, ISIS, gridlocked politics, war and explosions and deaths of loved icons such as Maya Angelou and Joan Rivers and Robin Williams, national and...