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French Perception of Obama’s Presidency
In electing Barack Obama, Americans have drastically changed the French opinion of them as a whole. With stars in their eyes, everyone can’t help but feel inspired by Obama’s candor. While his chessboard moves are anxiously awaited, there is unease amongst some.
Once Upon a Tart
As an alternative to hibernating the winter months, I suggest warming the oven to bake a quiche or boiling up a hearty pot of soup. Here is a recipe for a Ratatouille Tart adapted from Once Upon a Tart, the cookbook I reach for when making soups, quiches, salads, dressings, and sweets.
History in a Portrait
Lucien Lorelle was a sought after portraitist. Lee Bull left her fashion career behind to capture the brutal reality of WWII. Sarah Moon creates pictures today that mirror years passed. Take a look at some of the photography exhibits around Paris this fall.
Weddings and Courtships France - Book Review
Those longing to infuse daily life and relationships with romance will find practicable ideas in Lisa Shea’s book “Weddings and Courtships France.” It paints a picture of marriage from courtship, to ceremony, to life en couple.
Mad Vicky's Tea Gallery
Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery near Montmartre is a mingling of art forms and creative spirits where rhyme and reason are traded for spontaneity. An art installation served as occasion enough for a basement serenade from Diane Cluck.
Chez Monet – Giverny
Claude Monet spent the last decades of his life in Giverny nurturing a garden from which he painted Impressionist art. Pair a visit to his home and water lily garden with a tour of the American art museum. Afterward, stop in Vernon for a glimpse of half-timbered architecture and a poppy macaron.
Spring Brings Roland Garros - The French Open
Even the cheapest tickets to Roland Garros afford an intimate view. The “Allez!” of encouragement abounds like birdsong as Lacoste-suited officials and thin-armed ball boys scuttle to set the stage on the powdery red clay court. Here are a few tips for passing a Spring day at the French open.
French Fashion Haircuts – How to Avoid Getting One
The difficulty of communicating what you want is only half the battle when you step into a French salon. A coiffeur is an artist and realizing their vision of you is what powers the scissors. I’ve learned to be very articulate in what I expect before the cutting begins.
This is Paris - Children's Book Review
Stroll the avenues taking in landmark architecture and pausing to make acquaintances along the way in Sasek's caricature of the city, This is Paris.
Bakery cases holding macarons arrange the cookie sandwiches into a rainbow of rows in Easter basket hues. Perfumed in flavors like violet, spice bread, and chocolate,they are served in the likes of Paris's Ladurée where they were conceived in the 1930's.
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