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The perils and pitfalls of jogging in France

I jog occasionally. Friends call that an overstatement. More slog than jog, they say. Nevertheless, I like to slip on trainers, work up a sweat, …

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The French President and the Green Fairy

François Mitterrand was in trouble. Elected president two years earlier, in 1981, on the promise of a “French road to socialism,” things had not gone …

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The art of having a laugh

At some time, you might have found yourself at the wrong end of some vigorous finger-pointing, along with an old saying being directed at you, …

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The Réunion island – La Belle France

A perfect day in La belle France starts with a cafetière of strong coffee and a couple of those flaky buttery croissants that only the …

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The perils and pitfalls of packing for a trip to France

Smug travelers say the same thing ahead of departure: “We’re all packed up and ready to go.” Frantic travelers – us – say this: “We leave in …

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Hidden gems of art in Paris

Not only does Paris, city of light and romance, offer its visitors a wealth of paintings and sculptures in the city’s many museums, it also …

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A little garden paradise in Normandy

“You are nutcases!”  “What an insane idea!” “Don’t do it!” Just some of the many comments we received from friends and family when we bought …

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Tongue in cheek wander in Hemingway’s Paris

I’m an American. But you probably guessed that. Was it the Birkenstocks and knee socks? I’m also, at varying times, an American in Paris. That …

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Researching Hidden History in France

As an author of historical fiction, I not only conduct research to get the facts right, but also to stimulate my imaginings of life in …

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The Musical Fete d`Orthez, Béarn

Summer holidays are a cherished time in France when people enjoy the festivals and reunite with family and friends. There are famous festivals in southwest …

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