French and foreign, residents and travelers, famous, infamous, historical, crafty, creative or simply encountered along the way, these are the people we meet and the people, past or present, whose lives (and sometimes deaths) inform us about the places and cultures we visit.

Olivier Dirson, WWI battlefield guide: one history leads to another

Touring WWI sites of Picardy, north of Paris, with Olivier Dirson, a French guide with an intriguing personal history.

France Elevates Poet Aimé Césaire to Status of “Great Man” at Pantheon

April 6, 2011 – Little noticed and scantily attended on a warm and sunny spring day, France showed its gratitude to one of its...

An Ode to Guy Martin, Chef of Le Grand Véfour

From his youth as a rugged boy in the mountains to his position at the heights and forefront of French cuisine in Paris, Guy...

Charlotte Corday and the Bathtub Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat

This article about Charlotte Corday and the assassination about Jean-Paul Marat in 1793 contains France Revisited first contest-with-a-prize. Read the article and try to answer the contest questions at the end. Good luck!

Doctor Rabbit and Monsieur Lapin

This restaurant, which I quite liked and often recommended, closed in 2011, but you can still enjoy this review from 2008. Like any good doctor, veterinarian Dr. Jean-Francois...

Paul Niedermann: Interview with a Holocaust Survivor and Witness in France

Janet Hulstrand tells about her encounter with Holocaust survivor Paul Niedermann and interviews him about his life, his work and his childhood.
Gabrielle Renard and Jean Renoir by Auguste Renoir in Essoyes. Photo Janet Hulstrand.

The Painter’s Wife: Aline Charigot Renoir and the Renoir Home in Essoyes

As the village of Essoyes in southern Champagne prepares to open Renoir’s home to the public and the surrounding department of Aube celebrates this as the Year of Renoir, Janet Hulstrand, a part-time American resident of Essoyes, examines the life of Aline Charigot Renoir, wife of the artist and mother of three artists.

Got Heritage? Pelerin Awards Help Restore France’s Catholic Heritage

History has taught France the dangers of seeing a dominant religion play a leading role in public policy. Yet it has also left this...

A Chef’s world: Exploring the Universe of Guy Martin

Investigated the culinary universe of Guy Martin, chef of Grand Vefour, one of the most recognizable names of high gastronomy in Paris.

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Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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