Category Archives: France

10 Tips for a Successful Trip to France

Every vacation has its ups and downs. But travelers can improve their odds of a good time with a little care, the right frame of mind, a modest pace and just enough (but not too much) planning. Here are a … Continue reading

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The Friendliest Cab Driver in Paris

We never did get his name. He was compact, stocky, mid-40s and a man who loved to talk. He drove a newer-model Mercedes taxi with a big crack on the driver’s side windshield. He started talking to us just as … Continue reading

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In France, Finding Relief Can Be a Delicate Matter

Five years ago, when my wife Kathy and I visited the chapel that Pablo Picasso painted in the hillside town of Vallauris, overlooking the sparkling French Riviera, the guard in the adjoining museum wore beautiful, hand-tooled leather boots. She exemplified what seemed … Continue reading

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More Odds & Ends from France

ANSOUIS, France — We’ve settled in the Provence countryside in a B&B, Un Patio en Luberon, set in a house dating back to the 1600s. It’s hot outside, but the thick walls and a fan help.  Only today we had one small … Continue reading

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Driving in France in July? Stick to the Back Roads

PAYZAC, France — We spent our first day on French soil in motorists’ purgatory, but quickly found our way through the pearly gates. As usual, I’d managed just a couple of 20-minute naps on our seven-hour, cross-Atlantic night flight, jammed … Continue reading

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“All a GPS can do is get you from one town to the next,” Kathy said disdainfully. All she is doing is getting me from one car to the next — and they’re all heading straight toward me. Today we … Continue reading

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Odds & Ends from France

“All a GPS can do is get you from one town to the next,” Kathy said disdainfully. All she is doing is getting me from one car to the next — and they’re all heading straight toward me. Today we … Continue reading

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Parlez-vous francais?

“Ada,” Devon told me when I got home. “You have to study French now. We’ll read Eloise in Paris.” Of course, my dear. “Zut alors!” Devon, our 4-year-old grand-daughter, is an unexpected guest today. She’s sick, which means Kathy and … Continue reading

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Strauss-Kahn: The laissez-faire world of French political culture faces stern test

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.                                               — Lord Acton, 1887 Stories of sexual infidelity, … Continue reading

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