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Fitzgeraldien Summers in the South of France
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is the Night is inspired by the couple that made summering in Juan les Pins fashionable in the 1920’s. Learn about the Art Deco villa they possessed, their favorite places to sunbathe and the trend of wearing pyjamas to the beach.

France’s Most Picturesque Cities
A list of my favorite places in France with advice on what to do and where to stay once you get there.

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.

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.

French Women - Behind the Façade
As you step onto the metro in Paris, impassive faces offer little greeting to accompany the judgemental stares. What lies underneath the cold façade of a French woman?

French Women for All Seasons – Book Review
The appeal of French Women for all Seasons and the non diet it prescribes lie in the simplicity of Mireille Guiliano’s suggestions. Looking at the way lifestyle influences wellbeing, she encourages becoming more in tune with the bounty of the seasons, savoring food and owning the beauty of your age.

From France with Love – Gift Ideas
A list of my favorite gifts from France and where you can find them.

Gender Gap in Sports
A look at why there’s a noticeable gender gap when it comes to which sports are acceptable for women to play. A call to arms, little girls put down your dolls.

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.

How Antibes Weathered the Storm
November has been an unusual month on the Cote d’Azur, first as the G20 summit temporarily closed Cannes, then as storms ravaged the coast. On a stretch of beach piled so heavily with debris that it resembles a beaver dam, a village of driftwood forts has been erected.

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