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Oct 23, 2019

The Chinese are Back!: Mystère de Chèvre au Yuzu

THE STORY:

If you only had a day in Paris, most likely you'd see the Eiffel Tower, pass by Notre Dame (the outside only, post-fire), and maybe try to squeeze in the Louvres, or the Musee d'Orsay. But there's an alternative: Your tour bus could visit the pharmacy at Place Monge so you could buy shampoo. That's what an awful lot of tour groups, especially Chinese and Korean, do on their one day in Paris, during a six-countries-in-one-week whirlwind European tour.

Aug 8, 2019

Castle for Sale: Tomme du Vernet

THE STORY:

Have you ever dreamed of owning a castle in the French countryside? Of course you have. Well, for less than a small apartment in Paris, or London, or San Francisco, you can indeed be the proud owner of a real French castle. Several of my French friends have castles of their own. Sure, many of them inherited the castle from their ancestors, but that doesn't mean that even a nouveau-semi-riche Bourgeois can't own a piece of noble French history. We were lucky enough to stay at this small castle that our friend bought in the Loire Valley.



Jul 25, 2019

Life's a Beach: Sablé du Boulonnais

THE STORY:

When you think of the French coastline and the beaches, I know that what pops into your mind is the Côte d'Azur and the Mediterranean. The Côte d'Azur is indeed beautiful, but not only is it not France's only coastline, it's not even France's longest coastline. For that, you need to head to the Atlantic -- with wide, almost-white-sand beaches that expand down for around 1000km from the North Sea down to the Spanish border.


Jul 11, 2019

Digging La Digue: Le Plaisir Passe par Courseulles sur Mer

THE STORY:

There are plenty of boardwalks that are more famous, but to me none are more special than the boardwalk that runs between Courseulles-sur-Mer and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on the English Channel coast in Normandie.


Jun 27, 2019

New-fangled Old Art: Crottin de Champcol

THE STORY: 

You've seen Klimt before, but perhaps never quite like this -- projected onto the walls of an old converted foundry in a residential-industrial section of Paris. It's air conditioned, dark, and cool and turns out to be a great way to immerse yourself inside great works of art on a hot day, as long as you're OK with sitting on floors.


Jun 13, 2019

Isn't it Romantique?: Germollin

THE STORY:

This is not the most romantic thing you can do in Paris, but it is the most Romantic: the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Museum of the Romantic Life). In fact, it's a charming little museum with a garden and some sweet art, all tucked away in a hidden courtyard. But none of this will make any sense if you don't know the difference between Romance, romance, romantic, Romantic/Romantique, and Romanticism.


May 30, 2019

Au Revoir Notre Dame, Hope and Resolve: Valbrie au Poivre

THE STORY:

I am thrilled to report that it's not "adieu" to Notre Dame ("good bye forever") but rather "au revoir" ("till we see each other again"). By now you all know the horrible news that Notre Dame burned but the wonderful news that the stone exterior and even much of the interior art -- including stained glass windows and organ -- survived the fire, though with extensive damage.


 
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