Month: September 2009

  • If there’s one thing the ‘Julie & Julia’ movie and book hype has done, it’s to make France and things French pretty cool again here in the U.S. Sales of Julia’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking are going through the roof. Julia-themed French dinners are popping up in restaurants all over the country. Cooking too is hip once more, particularly French cooking. More…


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  • A couple of weeks ago via French Affaires Weekly, we took a photo tour of Aix-en-Provence and its remarkable collection of oratoires urbains, mini places of prayer affixed to houses and buildings. But the sacred art in Provence doesn’t end there. There are les églises (churches), les chapelles (chapels), les cimetières (cemeteries) and les cathédrales…

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  • Shopping in France has its obvious pleasures. Creative window displays are a perpetual source of eye candy. Beautiful goods tempt in small boutiques and in les grands magasins (department stores). And when a shopkeeper learns you truly appreciate his wares, he will bend over backwards to be helpful and informative whether or not you purchase…

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