Sometimes we set aside the practical and the informative to provide personal impressions, stories, vignettes, editorials, commentary, poems, photographic oddities and other eclectic, original material.

What if Jack LaLanne’s parents had stayed in France?

The way Jack LaLanne talked about health and fitness on TV reminds me the way that some farmers and organic wine producers in France talk about their products. I wonder: if Jack LaLanne's parent had never emigrated from Oloron Sainte Marie in the Atlantic Pyrenees region of southwest France he might have become famous for producing organic goat cheese... and maybe lived longer.

Translate this, d’Artagnan: The response

Here, in no particular order, are the top ten translations from France Revisited’s Translate This, D’Artagnan! competition. It was a tough assignment, not only because we callously...

An afternoon nap on the French national holiday, July 14, 2011

Paris, July 15, 2011 – I had a delicious nap on the afternoon of le Quatorze Juillet, the French national holiday, known outside of...

Va-nu-pieds: The Street Life of the Citroen 2CV

Va-nu-pieds, the barefoot photographer, sights blue, white and red Citroen 2CV (deux chevaux) in the streets of the city during the Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris's annual car show.

Memorial Day Ceremony at the Escadrille Lafayette Memorial Near Paris

The Escadrille La Fayette Memorial, 6 miles west of the center of Paris, honors the flying corps comprised of American pilots who, having volunteered to take part in the First World War under French, lost their lives in aerial combat. Sixty-eight of them are entombed below in a wide semi-circular crypt. The monument is easily accessible from by suburban train.

A tribute to Moumoon the cat

Moumoon, this writer’s cat, has died at age 11 after a courageous battle with kidney failure. He was known to readers of "France Revisited" through various texts in which he played a prominent or supporting role, including "Of Cats and Friends" and a review of Hotel Saint Paul Rive Gauche.

Uncovering French Weapons of Mass Seduction

A man needs to be in love in order to think of the French capital as a romantic or sexy destination whereas a woman need only hear the word “Paris.” Another word that’s sure to get a woman packing is “naughty.” Put “naughty” and “Paris” together and you get Heather Stimmler-Hall's "Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City."

The Charlie Hebdo Survivor Issue and the Sabbath Candles

The week after terror attacks that targeted journalists at Charlie Hebdo and Jews at the kosher grocery millions of people bought the survivor edition of Charlie Hebdo out of solidarity with the victims and what they represented. But did any think of buying kosher food?

Teach a man to print stamps and he’ll communicate with the world

Service at my local post office has improved over the years, but as this recent experience shows modernizing and privatizing a French post office doesn't necessarily modernize and humanize the employees.

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