Month: June 2012

  • Everything is leisurely in Provence. Particularly the lunch hour, or hours I should say. Shops, markets and often museums close about 12:30 or 1pm and don’t reopen until 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon. So the best thing to do as the southern French do and find a good spot to enjoy the mid-day meal…

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  • I like old things. Places, villages, buildings, castles, antiques, all of it. I think it’s something about la patine du temps (the patina of old age) that makes the object in view more interesting and worth knowing more about. I remember seeing the enormous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, in southern France for the…

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  • Provence and the sun are a match made in heaven. The famous chef Auguste Escoffier born in the south of France called his native region ‘blessed by the gods’ with its lovely climate of over 300 days of sun per year. Indeed, la Provence and the sun are so entwined that Provence without sun would be…

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  • There’s always so much going on in Paris that it’s sometimes hard to choose what to see or do at any given moment. And on top of the regular Parisian delights, the past few days I’ve found it difficult to pull myself away from watching the Roland-Garros tennis tournament (Americans know it as the “French…

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