In 1902, a letter was delivered to Monsieur le Baron de Thénard, at Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris. It was from a mechanic, demanding payment for the work he had done on the baron's yacht. In 2012, the letter was found in a wall.
Ever since I swam in the sea at Tel Aviv as a child, warm, lapping turquoise waters have beckoned. Never mind that I was born in New England and spent my summers on Cape Cod in the frigid and boisterous Atlantic Ocean.
Whether steeped in solemnity or sprung from pure silliness, festivals around the world never cease to intrigue, amaze or, at the very least, entertain...
A cool spring had come to the Northern Rhône Valley, and Nancy Kerschen was growing restless. Many months had passed since she'd moved from California to France to grow grapes with her true love, Julien Cécillon. But the lack of sun meant a delayed harvest.
So if the opponents of same-sex marriage weren't talking about sex or religion, what kinds of arguments were they making?
Yes, it is true, Francois Hollande went to Greece. Unfortunately, he had nothing of substance to offer the Greek people.
Here in the U.S. where we have minimal family support, providing easy access to guns, including assault weapons to millions of angry, depressed, desensitized young boys and men is a bit like throwing lit matches into a gasoline tank.
Gondolas will continue operating on the Mont Blanc lift up from Chamonix to the Aiguille du Midi and over to Helbronner -- but only in summer and, even then, only in good weather.
It is the time of year movie-buffs can't wait for, the run-up to the Oscars. Travelers can also delight in visiting the enchanting corners of the earth that this year's greatest films inspired us to visit.
As we walk out of the theater, we discuss what we just saw on the big screen: the plot, the acting, the costumes. But on occasion, we also dream of travel.
Today's version of the metal can could be a thing of the past, if a consortium of activist groups gets its way. Their target is a chemical that, if banned, could change the very way food is packaged.
Perhaps we are lazy and prefer not to leave the neighborhood, but I prefer to think that we simply have so many great places to eat that we need not go far.
The French seem to be on a roll these days.
For now, France has achieved its objectives, at minimal costs and to general acclaim. But the crisis is not over. As it unfolds, France will find that it is unable to influence the course of events as decisively as it has in weeks past.
France will shortly be engaged in rebuilding Mali, a country twice the size of Texas. Does the U.S. really want to join in another nation-building exercise, in a Muslim country, on a continent where Americans are not welcome?
Although I've talked briefly about my recent trip to France in several of my programs for KCRW and the Huffington Post, I didn't have the luxury of...