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J’ai tout convoité, et je n’ai joui de rien

One of my favorite French writers, Guy de Maupassant, was born on August 5, 1850.  His particular specialty was the short story, of which he wrote about 300, although he did also write some novels, travel books, and a book … Continue reading

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Le temps des utopies ne dure jamais longtemps

Forty years after it was first published, Yvan Christ’s book Paris Utopie is back. Christ is an architectural historian, and his book lists all the urban projects in Paris that were proposed and scrapped over the past 200 years. Had … Continue reading

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Une vitrine

When I was a little girl, we always made a pilgrimage to downtown Toronto to see the department store windows of Eatons and Simpsons decorated for Christmas. The creativity and fantasy of those displays are wonderful memories. When our daughter … Continue reading

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Être haut comme trois pommes

In my highly biased opinion, le Viaduc de Millau (luh vee-ah-dook duh meeow) is one of the most beautiful modern structures in the world. At the time of its inauguration, it was the tallest bridge at 343 metres, just slightly … Continue reading

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Remettre les pendules à l’heure

French physicist Léon Foucault was born on September 18, 1819. After being taught at home, Foucault entered medical school. He switched to physics, however, due to his fear of blood. His first field of interest was Daguerre’s photographic process. He continued … Continue reading

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Mettre du cœur à l’ouvrage

Famed French engineer Alexandre Gustave Bönickhausen, better known as Eiffel, was born on December 16, 1832 in Dijon, France. His family had emigrated from the Eifel region Germany in an earlier generation. What started as a nickname was eventually modified … Continue reading

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Il n’y a pas photo

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerrotype form of photography, was born on November 18, 1787. Daguerre, a painter of theatrical backdrops for dioramas, was interested in a method that would help him improve the speed of his diorama creations. … Continue reading

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