Heading west to Normandy for our WWII D-day trip with Paul Woodadge (ddayhistorian.com) meant dealing with a Parisian train station (Paris Gare St. Lazare), with which we were not familiar. Previously, we had been traveling south to Beaune or Provence or Switzerland from the familiar Paris Gare Lyon and had been issued tickets that required […]
Originally posted May 20, 2011. Our recent two-week adventure to France and Switzerland comprised a number of parts, one of which was a fabulous six-day food and wine gourmet tour with Paris insider, acclaimed author, and former Chez Panisse pastry wizard, David Lebovitz (davidlebovitz.com). Only 10 folk were allowed to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime […]
Originally posted December 30, 2013. The Front National leader is a vibrant force to be reckoned with in Europe. Read Le Pen’s recent comments from an interview with ANSAmed here: National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen, 47, said Wednesday she is ready to be France’s next president. Le Pen spoke in an interview […]
Here are some great books that will help you on your way. Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine and the End of France by Michael Steinberger Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French by Jean-Benoît Nadeau Suite Francaise by Irene Neminrovsky and Sandra Smith Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in […]
On first glance, life in Paris is on the lighter side of normal. But in digging just a little−really only scratching the surface−here’s what we learned the day after Thursday’s shooting (20 April) on Champ Élysées. An under-30 year-old manager of a high profile international (American designer) retail store on Rue Saint-Honoré said business was […]
Read about our travels to Paris and the rest of France here.
Originally posted November 29, 2013. Breaking Paris news! Our friend and Paris food expert extraordinaire David Lebovitz is running his next Chocolate & Gastronomy Tour from 31 March through 6 April. Debbie and I went on this great tour a couple of years ago, which included a fantastic TGV (200 mph) train trip to Switzerland, […]
Originally posted February 24, 2015. In a recent Washington Post interview, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo was asked, “You said you were going to sue Fox News over its allegations that there are “no-go” zones in France—areas where only Muslims can go. Aren’t there places in Paris where people are afraid to go?” Mayor Hidalgo responded, […]