On September 11, 2001, I was in Saint Emillion, France with a girlfriend having lunch. We stopped in a shop to buy wine and two young guys told us that planes were crashing into buildings and office towers were falling in New York City.
Now it's easy to not do harm by others by leaving them alone, but are we committing the sin of omission? It's a difficult question, one I can't answer for anyone but myself.
In the state I was in, I don't even know if it was day or night, but I was told later that the police came to find me after being alerted by a close friend who had seen the Facebook post on my timeline. When they arrived, I had a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand and a knife in the other.
How can you create the perfect Paris vacation for the whole family? By choosing activities and landmarks accessible to all ages so no one is disappointed.
Whatever rocks your boat. A new concept hotel in the capital of love and romantic ballads is all the rage in Paris these days.
I've always loved European-style folk-rock, also known as electric folk: the application of electric instruments and rock techniques to traditional songs. It's a style you can find here in North America, as well as in Britain and Europe.
Beaune is not the sort of small city you would stay in your hotel for much time anyway, for it is designed for walking, chatting and dining well in the Burgundian manner.
Unlike the neocons that ran Bush's failed foreign policy, President Obama is not going to be rushed into another ground war. He believes he needs a strong coalition, including Arab countries, and a more inclusive Iraqi government, to ensure a broader and more enduring solution.
Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of a Red Army surge through the heart of Western Europe to the Bay of Biscay, has been an institution in search of a new mission and an accident waiting to happen.
According to the New York Times' Roger Cohen, France is struggling with changing times, including how perception of classic physical space is evolving as the role of cyberspace expands.
In these troubled times, where political leadership is shaken, a new class of French politicians should arise and seize the opportunity to improve the state of their country and its global positioning.
With a romantic landscape of frothy inlets, verdant cliffs, and seaside cottages speckled with orange moss and honeysuckle, off-season or in, Brittany's Emerald Coast is the ultimate escape for rest, relaxation, and serious shellfish.
Marseille (South of France - aka French Riviera - aka Cote d'Azur) is a city of surprises, an oceanside formerly fortified enclave where strong accent and slang-ish dialect rule the quays of the old port.
Under the right circumstances, and surprisingly often and vividly, these smaller festivals can be your best bets for finding that ambience of intimacy and relationship under which music rises to its most heightened levels of experience.
There is no doubt that the Visa Waiver Program merits a national discussion free from partisan politics. Terrorists have already used the VWP to gain access to soft targets. Whether additional security measures would have prevented their entry is the $64 million question.
Until now, President Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. However, the rise of ISIL may have cost Obama his equanimity. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.