A Café Crème at La Closerie
Bob Burgess, author of "Hemingway's Paris and Pamplona, Then and Now, A Personal Memoir", revisits La Closerie des Lilas in Montparnasse – a favorite hangout where Papa Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises.
An Armorican Visit – of Armies and Highwaymen
Marc J. Mailloux recounts a tale from his footloose and fancy-free years, a bicycle trip on the back roads of France, where he is invited to share lunch with a friendly group of highway workers.
A Nice Café
On my annual pilgrimage to Paris, I sometimes spent hours in this cafe, people-watching. The servers brought me round, half-melted slabs of cheese atop bread buns when I asked for a grilled cheese...
Beware of the French Baguette!
Marguerite Czarnecki lends her perspective on that sinfully delicious baked treat from Paris, the baguette! Offering a perfect balance between crust and a soft interior, the baguette is more than just a staple of French culture.
Daytripping Around Vernon and Giverny, Normandy
Rob Silverstone, author of "A Mule In Rouen", provides an insightful look at the villages of Giverny and Vernon in Normandy, including visits to museums and the peaceful retreat of Monet's Gardens.
Excerpts On French Cheese
Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of "French Fried", explores the cheese caves of Philippe Alléosse in Paris, and offers a primer on some of the most flavorful cheeses that France has to offer.
French Or Foe?
Polly Platt, author of the books "French or Foe?" and "Savoir Flair", analyzes the cultural differences between France and the U.S. which led to political tensions leading up to the war in Iraq.
Part I: Evolution of the literary community – Gertrude Stein's salon, the transatlantic review, etc. – which brought Hemingway and other expatriate writers to Paris. Part II: Trace the life and times of the Lost Generation in Paris during the 1920s, including writers James Joyce, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, & others. Part III: Follow in Hemingway's footsteps by visiting some of his favorite haunts.
Jeu de Paume: The History of Tennis
Nancy Koran, author of "The Zen of Tennis", traces the history of this royal game – from its origins in the courtyards of 13th-century French monasteries, to the modern-day Grand Slam events at Roland-Garros.
Louisiana For Sale (again)
Joan Fox, a homeowner in New Orleans, proposes a humorous solution to rebuilding the devastated Gulf Coast of America in the wake of Hurricane Katrina: sell Louisiana back to France!
Mad About Macarons
Jill Colonna, author of "Mad About Macarons! Make Macarons Like the French", takes you on a tour of some fabulous Parisian pastry shops and discusses the delicious macaron recipes featured in her book.
My Paris: A Literary Ballade
Paris belongs to me. Not the city of guided bus tours and landmark itineraries, but my own private Paris of personal perceptions and pleasures. That is mine, and exactly what I strive to share.
Nostradamus – Physician, Astrologer, Prophet
The fascinating true story of a 16th-century Paris physician, astrologer and prophet who foresaw cataclysmic events more than five hundred years into the future.
Paris – Fast Food, Timeless Views
Author Jack Aslanian explores some of the places in Paris where a quick, satisfying and economical meal can be enjoyed while partaking in breathtaking vistas and scenic views of the City of Light.
Tourism à la Gulliver - France Miniature
Discover one of the most fascinating theme parks – where visitors can gaze at faithful replicas of all the remarkable sights throughout France, constructed in painstaking detail.