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Missing Paris: Running The Paris Marathon

Monday, May 4, 2015

Seven miles into the Paris Marathon I was content, blissfully lost in the illustrious City of Light. But then I saw the pacesetter and I was hooked. So fanatically attached to the mythical four-hour mark, I missed it all. Focused on the clock, I missed Paris. Well, almost. The day before the Paris Marathon, I […]

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Book Excerpt: ‘The French House’ By Don Wallace

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The following is an excerpt from The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All, by Don Wallace. Chapter one Far Breton It’s another day in Kerbordardoué. Up at eight, before the others. The sun doesn’t set until nine thirty or ten during summer at this latitude, so it […]

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Explore Paris Through Art With Your Phone

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Here’s a great new app for those heading to Paris this year. TravelbyArt is a new iPhone app that lets you discover Paris through the eyes of the city’s legendary artists, writers, singers and composers of the 20th century, with twenty curated tours that reveal the important places in the lives of such artists as […]

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6 Books You Must Read Before Going To France

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The stereotype of the French is that they are stinky, rude and have a predilection for bad comedy, but they are also elegant, thin and have a predilection for fine art and good literature. The French are nothing if not an enigma — a study in paradoxes. How can one wear the latest Balmain creation […]

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The Curious Case Of The Female Napoleon At The Louvre

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I am sitting on a bench in the Denon wing of the Musée du Louvre. It is almost noon and in front of me is The Consecration of Napoleon (otherwise known as The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804), one of the museum’s most famous works […]

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5 Reasons To Include Lyon On Your Next Trip To France

Monday, December 17, 2012

Maybe it’s because the lights of Paris burn so brightly, but travelers often forget there are other cities in France. I suspect smaller French cities get skipped over on the way to the countryside, where people seek life-affirming epiphanies in a quaint, Provençal setting or for suntans on the southern beaches. I don’t blame these […]

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When Paris Turns Into Saint Tropez

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Paris-Plage (Paris Beaches) kicks off in Paris every year in late July, transforming riverside roads usually congested with cars into an urban oasis complete with sandy beaches, deckchairs, food vendors, outdoor concerts and Parisian woman eating ice cream in bikinis (see above). Your welcome. This year find the riverside beaches at Louvre/Pont de Sully, […]

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20 Free Things To Do In Paris

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Despite the fact the euro is hitting new lows against the dollar, chances are that any savings in the exchange rate are more than outweighed by the increase you paid in air fare to the Continent. With that in mind, check out Lonely Planet’s list of 20 free things to do in Paris before you go to […]

Paris's de Gaulle Airport Named Worst In The World

Paris’s de Gaulle Airport Named Worst In The World

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How can a city so revered for its aesthetic beauty and so dependent on tourism (Paris is the most visited city on Earth) have the worst airport it in the world? Perhaps it is for those very same reasons. An overabundance of attention spent on maintaining the city itself and the burden of having to […]

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My Adventures At A Nudist Colony In France

Monday, October 31, 2011

I arrive at the entrance to the nudist colony on a beautiful late-September afternoon. It’s in the mid-80 degrees Fahrenheit so I figure there will be plenty of (naked) people on the beach. I’m no enthusiast, but I’m here because I have to be. I just moved into an apartment in Le Cap d’Agde, a […]

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