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Swiss Normandy

We all know about Normandy with regard to its history, monuments and touristic highlights: Mont St. Michel, the D Day Beaches, its Cathedrals, artists, and charming towns such as Honfleur. Within its very varied topography, there is an area that is unique and unlike the rest. It is not like Normandy ‘s flatlands and […]

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France National Parks

We often extol France’s cultural, culinary and architectural attractions. Its natural beauty is as remarkable, and it is a country that deserves recognition for the diversity and beauty of its landscapes. Of the many classifications related to the protection and appreciation of nature in France, the most attractive and engaging is the status of […]

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The Bagatelle gardens

Out of all Paris gardens,  which number in the hundreds, there is an exceptional one that deserves attention, for it is not as known or as accessible as the others, such as the more famous Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens. It is one of the 4 floral parks of Paris, and is hidden within the […]

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The croissant, a European story

Since the middle of the 20th century, the croissant has been one of the most emblematic elements of French breakfasts. However few may know that this national symbol has a foreign origin.
The ancestor of the croissant, the Kipferl, can be traced back to the 13th century in Eastern Europe. As early as the year […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Daily life|Comments Off on The croissant, a European story|

The Buttes Chaumont Park in Paris

Buttes Chaumont, literally the &Mont chauve&, meaning bald hill, was a desolate mining site for centuries. In less than 150 years, it was turned from a bandits’ lair into one of the boiggest, most original and attractive parks of the city, welcoming hipster youth, families and romantics in search of  atmosphere, which you will not find in any other green area of the city. The main reason is its topography, which derives directly from its historic function as a mining site. It is both beautiful and one of the less well known parks, given its isolated location and the fact that it is far from most Parisian touristic sites. Also, you need to take 2 metro lines to reach it from many parts of the city.
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By |February 16th, 2017|Daily life|Comments Off on The Buttes Chaumont Park in Paris|

An institution of its own: the Auberge du Terroir in Servon

Auberge du Terroir, 3 Place Saint Martin, 50170 SERVON.
Phone: 0(0 33) 2 33 60 17 92
There are many fine restaurants in France, as everybody knows. It is one of the highlight places for gastronomy worldwide. Some might argue that the best places are the most luxurious ones, and that often is true. But […]

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Henri Fantin Latour exhibition

One of the elusive yet ubiquitous figures of 19th century French painting is Henri Fantin Latour. He is often described as a realist, yet he also immersed himself in works of imagination. His group portraits recall Courbet. His friends included Bazile, Renoir and Sisley, but he was also close to Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Daily life, Events and exhibitions|Comments Off on Henri Fantin Latour exhibition|

The catacombs of Paris

The city of Paris is old, and one of its mysterious aspects is its underground, part of which evolved into the catacombs. That term literally means ‘underground cemetery,’ deriving from Greek (cata or beneath) and Latin (tumba, or tomb).

In the first three centuries AD, Romans, Etruscans, Jews and Christians used existing underground galleries to […]

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The First Restaurants

Prior to the French Revolution, if you lived in Europe and wanted a meal away from home, you sought what was available at a local inn. There you could participate in what was called the table d’hôte, the owner’s table. If he was having chicken, that was what you ate, whether you liked chicken […]

By |December 6th, 2016|Daily life|Comments Off on The First Restaurants|

Sacre Coeur of Paris

Paris abounds with interesting buildings and monuments. Out of many iconic monuments, Sacre Coeur basilica, located due north on the hill of Montmartre (the mountain of the martyr), always stands out. One reason is its specific location overlooking the city, making it clearly visible from all points. Second, it is made of gypsum, a […]

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