Wanderer

Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Beckett, Miller, drama, poetry. On her first visit to Paris, Scottish playwright Morna Young is looking for something as she wanders through the celebrated bookshop Shakespeare and Company but she doesn’t know what… until she finds it.

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We Were Charlie

January 2015. Place de la République, Paris. We were Charlie.

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To Be Charlie: A French Lesson

Paris, January 2015 — A French lesson: “être Charlie,” to believe in the importance of freedom of expression (as the French would call it); a term originating in the response to the terrorist attack at Charlie […]

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Street Art: Gilles Sacksick, the Animal Painter… and Artist

A photo vignette about street art and scaffolding covers, featuring animals at the National Veterinary School in Maisons-Alforts, a wall painted with attitude in Paris’s 10th arrondissement and the capital’s historical judicial complex where, sadly, everyone is now sentenced to Life.

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Give the Gift of Travel (Therapy)

Here’s the perfect Paris and France travel gift for your friends and loved ones suffering from Paris-envy, Francophilia, the desire to travel to France and the belief that their stay there will be full of pleasures and treasures: Travel therapy with Gary Lee Kraut, editor of France Revisited.

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Excellence Française 2014: The Expanding Circle of Mutual Assistance and Influence

The sixth annual pat-on-the-back to France’s international influence and ambitions, known as the Excellence Française ceremony, was less star-studded and less eloauent than in previous years but nonetheless brought out a bright crop of CEOs, company presidents and military/defense personalities.

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The Assless Elephants of Chambery Head Off for Restoration

Imagine if Paris disassembled the Eiffel Tower to recast its iron or Carcassonne dismantled its ramparts to recut the stone and you can understand the visual trauma to the small city of Chambery in the foothills of the French Alps when the four beloved pachyderms of the Fountain of Elephants were removed…

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Cookbook Beat: Le Grand Cours de Cuisine Ferrandi

The Ferrandi School, the most hands on of Parisian culinary academies, has come out with a mega-cookbook for amateurs and professionals looking to hone their culinary skills and try recipes from simple to gastronomical.

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Fish-Skin Leather Artisan Brings Siberian Tradition to Dordogne

Hidden in the Dordogne hills on a narrow street of the village of Fanlac, Janet Duignan discovers the marriage of ancient Siberian tradition and European craftsmanship in Kristof Mascher’s fish leather handbags, belts and cases.

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