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While it is true that more US and Canadian based cell phones work in France than ever, understanding if yours is one of them is increasingly difficult to figure out. To...

New paragraph: “New York, New York?” Unh unh. The truth: If you can make it here (Paris) you can make it anywhere, including New York. My history and memory, as always, are a bit...

DSK and Socialist Party Candidate Shuffle As the scandal surrounding Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) continues to fuel the media both in France and around the world, media coverage is coming to stalker-like proportions, with journalists camped...

Salmon filet is seared over high heat and served with a maple/mustard seed sauce. INGREDIENTS: 4 (6-7-oz) center-cut salmon filet 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 3 Tablespoons water 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 Tablespoons maple syrup 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 teaspoons...

  MadameModern Paris for me, is a thing to be shunned if possible, and to be ignored if not. I stick my well-coiffed head into the ancient sands of the Seine--the new-fangled "marvels" of...

Of course I’ve known this for years, but it suddenly hits me. Jean-Claude, the waiter who always brings me my wine or coffee no matter where I sit in his café, is the son...

Gordon Ramsay au Trianon, Versailles Gordon Ramsay au Trianon is 25 minutes from Paris and makes a relaxing bucolic diversion for lunch or dinner. The hotel is now owned by Waldorf Astoria, the decor's slick...

Full moon over Hôtel Lutetia by ©Mikki Ansin 2011 Mikki says: Hôtel Lutetia has a rich and colorful history. Soon after it opened in 1910, the grand Art Nouveau hotel was home to artists and celebrities Matisse,...

Located in the heart of the most regal of neighborhoods in West Paris, the Rue du Bac – Musée d’Orsay neighborhood is delimited to the east by Saint Thomas d’Aquin Church, to the west...

It’s rhubarb season, and I recently made a wonderful rhubarb chutney adapted from Niloufer Ichaporia King’s recipe in her most recent cook book My Bombay Kitchen. Place a small bowl of it on...

We're okay, you and I, because we know better, right? We know—and we care—so we don't stick out like sore-thumbs, like... well, tourists. But here are plenty who don't know, don't care, and frankly...

A week after I’d written the essay “Backpackers with a palate,” Sebastian Moffett published an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “France’s Newfound Thrift Spells Trouble for Europe’s Economy” at the...