Category Archives: France

A Tour de France Joke? Mystery?

Fact: British Chris Froome won the 2016 Tour de France for the third time on Sunday. Congrats to him and the other winners, and all the riders. Fact: As the BBC says, Froome “becomes just the eighth rider to win … Continue reading

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Food in France: Lunch as an Institution

The Institution of Lunch: Salads For us, a large part of learning about and experiencing another country and culture is trying the local food. This is very evident when you look at my notebooks, as at least a quarter of … Continue reading

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A Fanciful Afternoon at the Opera Garnier

The actual name is Opera National de Paris Palais Garnier, a 1,979-seat opera house, on Boulevard des Cappucines in the 9th arrondissement. It’s one of the icons of Paris, made doubly famous as Gaston Leroux used it as the setting … Continue reading

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Beaujolais Nouveau: Vive La France!

November is Beaujolais Nouveau Time! So support the French and honor a French custom by enjoying some Beaujolais Nouveau wine. My husband and I first celebrated the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau (BJN) in Paris when we lived there a number … Continue reading

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So Sorry, Paris

Our thoughts go out to all the people of Paris and of France. And especially  to all those people affected in any way by the unspeakably brutal, violent attacks in the city on Friday. After the awful attack earlier in … Continue reading

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Calling All Oyster (and Seafood) Lovers in Paris

The French are crazy about oysters (huitres). From a no-frills oyster bar to high-end chic, the restaurants around the country really know how to shuck, and serve these tasty bivalves. All the outdoor markets (that we’ve ever seen, anyway) have … Continue reading

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More Forbidden Lawns

A Light-Hearted Look At Signs (These found in Paris) As I wrote once before, it’s sometimes hard to know which public lawns one can walk/stand/sit on in France, and which not. There doesn’t always seem to be a logical reason … Continue reading

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