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A Silent Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway left an impression on Paris unlike any other writer working in the English language, to the point where his mark has almost become pollution. A vast number of guides and walking tours exist that claim to offer a glimpse into his city, an industry the man himself would no doubt have thoroughly disapproved […]

A Queen’s Enduring Appeal

Marie-Antoinette is the most controversial woman in French history. She had a complex personality. She was a multi-faceted woman; frivolous, a big spender and sentimental, but also a modern woman who wanted to preserve her intimacy and her freedom. Marie-Antoinette was only 15 years old when she arrived from Vienna to Versailles to marry Louis, […]

Paris in the Post!

In the 10 years since this blog launched, we have seen our various contributors get married, pop out bi-national kids, and/or become citizens. Others return to their home country after a sojourn in France. Others still have turned their personal blog about life in Paris into a bona fide career. Such is the case with […]

Fashionable After All These Years

Pierre Cardin, one of the most prolific fashion designers of the 20th century and the first designer to mass market his name and products, is still going strong at age 92. His latest project is a fashion museum in a former factory in the Marais. Last week at the museum I time traveled to the […]

A Museum’s Storied Past

How many visitors to the Musee Rodin know the details of the building’s strange, entangled history as a crucible for avant-garde art? Once known as the Hôtel Biron, by 1907 the eighteenth-century mansion had fallen into disrepair. For a brief time, the crumbling mansion became an artists’ haven. Low rent attracted the likes of Pablo […]

How the Tell-All Got Told

Mega-bestseller. A first print run of 200,000 copies released September 4 and already out of stock in many stores and being reprinted. Valérie Trierweiler’s kiss and tell off Merci pour le Moment is a publishing success. Lying, cheating politicos beware: French women don’t keep quiet. The myth that French women don’t mind if their husbands […]

The Appropriation of Joan of Arc

It is highly unfashionable these days in France to show affection or admiration for Joan of Arc because she has been taken as a symbol by the far right, both the anti-foreigner Front National, which meets at her statue every May 1st, and the bizarroïde royalists of Action Française. I still admire the real Joan, […]

The Marie-Antoinette Diet?!

“Let them eat cake!” is the most famous quote that the Queen of France never said, but if you want to look just like her, then just pretend that she said it anyway! A new diet trend that was developed by author Karen Wheeler in her new book, The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eat Cake and […]

Here Lies…

Apparently Jim Morrison isn’t the only American-bred cultural icon buried in Pere Lachaise. A friend emailed me this photo he took in the cemetery with the caption, “Pauvre Pepe!”

Love in First Class

As delighfully French as a simple fromage blanc with fruits rouges, Love Is in the Air (Amour et Turbulences) is a romantic comedy confection starring Ludivine Saigner and Nicolas Bedos as star-crossed former lovers. Three years after their tumultuous breakup, they wind up seated next to each other in first class on a flight from […]

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