August 12, 2020

Le Carnet de France

Since 2012, one of the most popular programs on French television is entitled “Le Village préféré des Français” (the French people’s favorite village). It is hosted by Stéphane Bern, a very popular expert on French history and culture who presents co...

August 5, 2020

In France, no detail is too small to overlook or minimize. It seems that everyone is an artiste and connaisseur with an opinion, and they do not hesitate to share it.

It was 2003. The 90 years-old apartment we had just purchased needed everything! Painting would come fi...

July 1, 2020

Every summer, Paris seems to shut down for July and August as its residents leave on their annual vacations. They travel to holiday homes and resorts in Normandy, on the Atlantic and, of course, the Mediterranean in the south.

I became familiar with this phenomenon when...

June 4, 2020

When we think of cultures where tea is popular, China, Japan and England usually come to mind. But in Paris, tea drinking is hardly the pedestrian “cuppa” that exists in England.

In the 1600s, Louis XIV chartered expeditions to Asia that returned with tea, silk and porc...

June 3, 2020

Le Carnet de France

Every Friday afternoon, hundreds of Tourangeaux (residents of Tours) walk towards the train station — not to take train, as you may have imagined, but to buy bread! From a store? No, from a little delivery tricycle named “Triticum”; triticum is the n...

April 2, 2020

There is a saying in the United States — “Little things mean a lot.” I think it was even the name of a song in the 1950s. In France, however, little things mean everything!

One of the first important lessons we learned early on was that understanding French does not mea...

March 4, 2020

Le carnet de France

By Martine P. Dulles

Spring is coming, as you know and — maybe amid all the troubles (Gilets Jaunes, strikes and now the coronavirus!) — you may be planning on coming to France.

Let’s first take the train from the Paris Gare du Nord to Ghent in Belgium...

February 6, 2020

Le carnet de France

Le Musée du Louvre is showing an unusual exhibit right now, to be presented until March 9, 2020. Why unusual? We know Le Louvre is an “encyclopedic” museum, much like the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and it does not normally exhibit modern and co...

February 5, 2020

Parisian waiters are legendary for both their skill and their sometime-brusque attitude but — above all, they are professionals … even artistes in their own way. Waiters, (and I use this title for both sexes), should be addressed as Monsieur or Madame. Calling the wait...

January 10, 2020

Le carnet de France

If you are planning a trip to Paris and you are interested in art, you probably have the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and some other museums on your list. However, like many visitors, you may hesitate to push open the door of religious sites.


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