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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A Christmas Tour of France

France may be a deeply secular nation, but everyone gets into the spirit of what are called “the end of the year holidays” (les fêtes de fin d’année), meaning Christmas and more. Let’s take a tour of the Christmas season in France through Alsace, Champagne, Lille, Lyon, Provence, Nice and Paris.

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Black Friday à la Française

At first I thought it was the ad campaign for a new American horror film opening in Paris. I then realized that the signs for an invasion of the body snatchers meets an alien mind-control […]

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Café Bouillu: Eggs-istentialism and Carpaccio-Diem in the Odeon Quarter

In an area where philosophers, revolutionaries and writers once roamed, this chic new bistro off boulevard Saint-Germain offers diners tasty lessons in eggs-istentialism and the pleasures of carpaccio-diem.

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In Dordogne: A Winter’s Woodcock Tale

One wintery day in Dordogne, Janet Duignan spots a woodcock foraging in the backyard, leading to reflections on 250 years of fine-feathered cuisine and wine.

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