It continues to astound me how many Americans (not Europeans) insist on traveling as if on safari. You know, luggage the size of steamer trunks too large to be muscled about by even NFL size nose tackles. These beasts get jammed in narrow aisles and are of course impossible to heft overhead, where there’s barely […]
Outside Au Clos Napoléon, one of the best bistros in France (4 Rue de la Perrière, 21220 Fixin).
Originally posted September 24, 2015. Today Debbie and I drove the length of the Cote de Nuits, the northern half of Burgundy’s famous Cote d’Or. Here is produced the incomparable red wine made from the Pinot Noir—though there are a few isolated white wines planted in Chardonnay, specifically the ultra-rare Corton-Charlamagne. Included on our trip […]
As it was in the U.S. presidential race, I would not have a candidate today if we were eligible to vote in France. I did vote for Trump and would, if voting in France, vote in the final round for Macron. The vote would be cast, however, strictly as opposition against the less suitable candidate. […]
Why are French unions striking? They are protesting the changes President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manual Valls would make to France’s 1999 labor laws. The Socialist Hollande government is looking to add more flexibility to France’s rigid 35-hour workweek. The 1999 laws were enacted in an attempt to boost employment. By imposing prohibitive minimum […]
“In France, we keep saying that we have tried everything—except what has worked elsewhere,” Alain Juppé tell supporters. I support Alain Juppé and his efforts to reform France’s economy. Here The Wall Street Journal lists some of Juppé’s proposals to reform the country harangued by years of socialist and statist policies. The 70-year-old former Prime Minister vowed to […]
Burgundy or Bordeaux? When The Wine Questionnaire asked the “B or B” question of Daniel Johnnes, wine director for Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, Daniel answered, “Ask anyone in the world of wine and they will laugh at the question. BURGUNDY!!!.” Burgundy and Its Wines tells readers, “In Burgundy it is the terroir—the peculiarly French combination […]