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  • Spring has arrived here in the French countryside. From the fields of yellow around our village of Courances to our garden here at the Presbytère, the sun and warm temperatures have taken us from winter to almost summer in a flash. It was a warmer March than usual this year in France so everything is blooming…

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  • Bonjour! This little French word is quite possibly one of the most important a traveler can use while in France. Why so? Well, it means ‘hello’ so saying it at appropriate times is a practical necessity. But the real importance of ‘bonjour’ has much more to do with politesse (politeness) and courtoisie (courtesy), two critical…

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  • How time flies! It’s been 30 years since I first set foot in Aix-en-Provence as a student…

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  • It’s travel season and one of the biggest draws when visiting Paris is, of course, art. I have put together a short list of some of the big exhibitions going on in the City of Light now through mid-summer. When planning your travel to France, keep in mind that the main cultural calendars for art,…

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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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  • France’s Christian heritage is evident almost anywhere you go in the city or in the countryside. Soaring cathedrals, village churches, carved shrines, crosses large and small, public and private chapels, and more are prominent in the visual space, witnessing a time when faith and daily life were woven tightly together. In Aix-en-Provence, one of the…

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  • One of the things I love most about French Affaires is the spirit of community–with a French twist. Whether it’s Francophiles gathering stateside for a French wine and cheese pairing class or a visual tour of the best of Paris or a talk on magical gardens in Provence…or whether it’s a group of friends on…

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  • I just picked my first figs of the season. With over 100 degree temperatures here in Texas, it’s no wonder the fruits are ripening on the vine. What is a wonder is that the birds and squirrels have not yet discovered the green-brown jewels in the corner of the front garden. The figs were sweet…

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  • Each and every time I am in France, I am amazed at the creativity and beauty in things large and small. On a big scale in Paris, you have of course les grands travaux, the great works that French presidents have sponsored like les pyramides of I.M. Pei in front of the Louvre and the…

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