A Georgetowner in Paris

A Georgetowner in Paris

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Karen Fawcett, who has always had her heart and
feet in both camps, thinks that the French-American “problem” that’s
often talked about these days is more than anything a major
misunderstanding.

“At the
level of day-to-day people contacts, it’s not that much of a problem,”
the president of Bonjour Paris, the popular website for travelers,
expatriates and tourists on AOL, says. “I think Americans will find
that they’re very welcome here, that the differences are political and
function at the highest levels of state, not in the towns and cities.”

Fawcett
ought to know: she’s lives in France, returns frequently to the United
States where she worked in Washington and Georgetown as a writer, and
in public relations, as well as in Boston, where she handled public
relations campaigns for the city’s economic development agency.

“I love it here, and I love it there,” she said. “I first came to Paris when I was 13, and I always dreamed of coming back.”

Fawcett
said Americans are welcome theses days in Paris and in the countryside.
“It’s unfortunate, what’s happened politically,” she said. “This was a
case of a disagreement. When you look at it in terms of being a
visitor, of coming here, well, it’s like this. Paris hasn’t changed.
France hasn’t changed. The reasons for coming here haven’t changed.”

Bonjour
Paris lets you remember and makes you curious about everything you ever
wanted to know about Paris and France. It’s a website full of
information, witty, charming, helpful and graceful writing and
attitude. It’s not like being in Paris, but it comes close to being the
next best thing. Fawcett has and her compatriots have corralled a
gifted crew of writers and correspondents who write about food,
markets, museums, French history, sidetrips, wine, shopping,
literature, and people and places. It’s a site that has articles,
chats, discussions, things to talk about, things to buy and pictures to
look at.

Recent editions have included reports on where to get a good haircut in
Paris,
an article about “My Secret Paris,” insider information on business and
real estate news, “Looking for Love in the City of Lights,” a question
about Diane D’Medici, a Rail Pass Contest, information about special
travel packages, and an essay about the very same “French-American”
problem, as well as an interview with Vanity Fair writer Marie Brenner.

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