Month: December 2008

  • In France, the sacred continues to infuse holiday life and cuisine even if some of the original meaning has lost its punch. According to the Bible, three kings or Magi came from the Orient and brought the baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Christmas carol “We Three Kings of Orient Are” recounts this journey…

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  • In France, the sacred continues to infuse holiday life and cuisine even if some of the original meaning has lost its punch. According to the Bible, three kings or Magi came from the Orient and brought the baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Christmas carol “We Three Kings of Orient Are” recounts this journey…

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  • No holiday in France would be complete without festive tastes and treats. French cuisine is legendary at any time of year-and particularly around Christmas and New Year’s. This vitrine (shop window) of Italian luxury clothes purveyor Dolce & Gabbana in the Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré got a head start on holiday table edibles with…

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  • The holiday spirit is in full swing in Paris. While decorations in France are more subdued than those in the U.S., festive sights abound this Christmas season. From the massive sapin de Noël (Christmas tree) in front of Notre Dame cathedral, to the shower of street lights illuminating the Rue St. Honoré, to Christmas cookies…

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  • Sometimes when you travel, you discover extraordinary places. And then there are times when an out-of-the-ordinary place discovers you. A few years ago, it was the garden of the Pavillon de la Reine Jeanne (Pavilion of Queen Jeanne) near Les Baux de Provence that took me completely by surprise. Pavillon de la Reine JeanneI was…

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