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The Grand Paris project

The Grand Paris Project is a gigantic reshaping urban project which focuses on creating a mega railway system throughout the bigger Paris region, thus creating new centers and new habitat as well as reducing the impact of the region’s population on the downtown area.

The project started in 2007 under President Sarkozy and is supposed […]

By |April 12th, 2019|Daily life, Paris|0 Comments|

Obscure Art Treasures in France

If you have had the good fortune to encounter the art of Hieronymus Bosch, and, more fortunate still, the leisure to peruse and contemplate his universe, you may have become as fascinated as I have been with his dramatically powerful imagination and his vivid portrayals of humanity preyed upon by a host of demons […]

Henri Bourgeois

View of Chavignol Village, with the hill-top town of Sancerre in the distance, Henri Bourgeois

When my wife and I began living in France in 1979, we were both ready to begin an exploration of the alluring universe of French wines, without a clue as to how extensive and intricate it might be. We were […]

Brocéliande – Forest of Paimpont

The Ponthus Beech, Forest of Paimpont, Concoret

Most of us associate the legends of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Merlin the Wizard with England. You may be surprised to learn that in Brittany the same legends exist with the same personalities, including Lancelot and Guenivere, Vivien and Morgan, as well as […]

Spindler Artistic Marquetry

Umbel, Spindler Artistic Marquetry

Among the myriad facets of unique artistry and creativity that one often encounters in Alsace, there is a source that is very special and dear to my heart, the Spindler Artistic Marquetry firm. It is a fountain of inspired art that speaks directly and in a very unique way to my […]

Breton Megaliths

Amid the kaleidoscope of fascinating remnants from over 2,000 years of its recorded history, ranging from Roman-era structures to medieval fortresses to Renaissance chateaux, Classical French architecture and some modern masterpieces, every now and then, a traveler in France runs into mysterious remnants of the unrecorded history of France, survivors from the eons since Celts […]

Three Remarkable Ancient French Bridges

 

Some of you may suspect that I am obsessed with bridges, and there is truth to that. The imagery of closing gaps and making connections is innately appealing to me, not only in nature, but also symbolically, when people build bridges to each other. When I decided to try living in France, I had […]

Annals of French Cuisine: the history of Burgundy Snails

For most of the world, eating snails is particularly difficult to understand, if not a revolting prospect. Yet the prestige of French cuisine is such that dining on snails has become one of the pinnacles France’s culinary delights. You might wonder how this came to happen?

The term “escargots de Bourgogne” literally means Burgundy snails. […]

Three ‘Modern’ Bridges

Three ‘Modern’ Bridges

One of the most beautiful bridges in the world spans the Seine River estuary just before the Seine River empties into the English Channel. It is called the Pont de Normandie, and it links the charming fishing port Honfleur on the left bank with the very industrial shipping port of Le Havre […]

Thatched Roof Circuit in Normandy

 

Norman rusticity is an iconic part of the myriad charms of Normandy and France. Few aspects of the French Hexagon attract the visitor’s attention as much as the appeal of simple life in the countryside of Normandy, replete with its own identity, cuisine, culture, way of life and economy. That is one reason why […]