Category Archives: History

Des castors, des hirondelles et des grisettes

I have long loved the covered passages of Paris, those boutique-lined, glass-roofed vestiges of another era of shopping. Years ago, I saw a photo exhibit about them at Les Antiquaires du Louvre (now such a sad, abandoned shell) and bought … Continue reading

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Les Parisiennes

I just finished an excellent book, Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died in the 1940s, by Anne Sebba. I think was the best book that I have read so far this year. Sebba makes it clear … Continue reading

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Le patrimoine culturel

This week, all of us have been riveted by the tragic fire at Notre Dame. We were in a small town in New Hampshire, grabbing a quick bite, when we saw the horrible images on a muted TV in the … Continue reading

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Le Bic Cristal

  The summer program I work for in Paris had a daily newsletter with bad jokes, a skill-testing question about French culture, as well as the details of upcoming activities. I was generally able to ace the daily culture question, … Continue reading

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Ce que j’ai lu

I’ve enjoyed some good reads lately that were either in French or that had a francophile angle. Each was a book that I’ve owned for a while. I’m commited to finishing  all my backlog of books before I buy any … Continue reading

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Le Zouave

I’m sure you’ve heard about the tremendous flooding going on in France. Many towns are half-submerged under muddy water and tearful families are taking stock of sodden treasures. In Paris, the Louvre and musée d’Orsay had to close, along with … Continue reading

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France- Normandy D-Day : Sword Beach, Ouistreham and Pegasus Bridge…- 50 photos. — ICI & LA NATURE PICTURESj

The beaches of Normandy are the place where the Allied Forces Landing took place in WWII. More than 60 years after the D Day, the Normand Coast and its seaside resorts are nowadays peaceful but remain deeply rooted in the … Continue reading

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