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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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 diner 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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On the Champs-Elysées: Dining à la car(te)

Corinne LaBalme test drives the Fall 2014 menu at Renault’s newly re-conditioned showroom/restaurant on the Champs-Elysées. * * * When car-conscious journalists showed up at Renault’s Paris showroom for a press conference about the 3rd Generation Twingo last month, the F-word (femme) was on everybody’s lips.

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Yiddish, a Language of France, 70 Years Out of Hiding at Paris Cultural Center and Library

Paris – In a year during which the French calendar is highlighted with festivities and commemorations surrounding the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of France, 1944—from D-Day (June 6) to the Liberation of Paris (Aug. 25) to the Liberation of Strasbourg (Nov. 23)—the reopening of the Medem Yiddish Library 70 years ago this week, on October 14, 1944, was noted by few.

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Near Paris: The Giverny – La Roche-Guyon Daytrip Combo

When visitors without much interest in Monet follow the paths around his pond and through his garden they inevitably find them lovely. For those curious about the artist, his sustained form of Impressionism and his family life, the garden and lily pond are magnificent. But are Monet’s House and Garden worth the daytrip? This article explains the interest of adding a stop at the nearby village of La Roche-Guyon on a trip to Giverny or further into Normandy.

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The French Ardennes, Part 1. Charleville-Mézières: The Runaway Poet, Great Beer Bars and the Giant Lizard

Two hours by train from Paris, in Charleville-Mézières, capital of the French Ardennnes, near the Belgian border, the author glimpses the flight of Arthur Rimbaud, sets out to investigate beer and beer bars and learns about the giant lizard Mawhot.

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The French Ardennes, Part 2. Charleville-Mézières: Place Ducale and the Bare-Ass Casserole

On the Place Ducale, the great square of Charleville-Mézières, the author tries the Ardennes’ celebrated bare-ass casserole and encounters men and women in colorful robes and floppy hats during the Festival des Confréries.

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The French Ardennes, Part 3: The Meuse, Sedan, More Beer and the Big Boar

In which the author continues his beer travels in the Ardennes and finds quirky bars, aspiring breweries, a magnificent view over the Meuse and an enormous boar named Woinic.

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