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"No civilized race has gone as unerringly as the French toward the natural sources of enjoyment; none has been so unashamed of instinct. Yet none has been more enslaved by social conventions, small complicated...

Each year there is an event in Paris -- open only to industry professionals -- that is one of the best shows in town. Some might call it "tits and ass." I call it...

As thoughts of Valentine’s Day seductively danced in my head, I couldn’t help thinking about my own true love, Eric the Irrascible.  Now don’t get me wrong, Eric and I have been through a...

There are straight-haired women in France and there are curly-haired women in France, as there are in any country. But why then is it that when I think of some of my favorite French sirens, I...

If you are in Paris and want to check out the hottest music trends, there is no need to score tickets to a hot concert or seek out the coolest live music venue. Find instead, the chic...

The Louvre Museum is huge—never-ending! It's like a cavern full of treasures with long corridors and a maze of rooms. Plan on getting lost several times and spending a minimum of five hours just to cover the...

As I get older and experience the way the world is in a continuous state of flux, I am amazed constantly. For example, when I was in the 7th grade and contemplating a language...

Make like a Parisian, go to a Paris park Paris parks and gardens are the ideal way for overtaxed travelers to "make like Parisians" by observing "real Parisians" at play while seated in...

It is nearly two years since I arrived in France. When I came here to live, it was to marry a wonderful French man that I had met through some friends in Santa Monica,...

Paris. La Gare du Nord. It's early evening… I get off the train from Amsterdam after being stripped naked by French narcs. I load my stuff into a taxi and head for La Porte Saint-Martin, which is...

What goes on behind the doors of the world's most prestigious culinary school? Why do people choose Le Cordon Bleu? The answer to both questions is love of food and cooking. Since 1895, Le...

Under Louis XIV, the menus were sumptuous. The receptions and feasts were governed by a complicated ceremonial and strict protocol. The dishes which figured in the five obligatory courses may not have been as refined and sophisticated...