A spa day is a relatively romantic endeavor on its own, but move that spa day to Europe and it's nearly guaranteed to spark some l'amour.
I just returned from a vacation in France with my wife. It was great. Two weeks of walking through Paris, eating at brasseries, drinking wine and cham...
War is in the air again. Be it in Ukraine, surrounded by the second largest stash of nuclear weapons on earth outside the U.S., or among the legions of child soldiers in Somalia, Congo and Sudan, or with bad luck, back on the Indochinese peninsula up to Bangladesh.
Virginia was honored with the Legion of Honor in France, that country's highest civilian award. She kept her American citizenship until the day she died, but she is virtually unknown in the United States.
First he looked at each bread. Then he touched each bread. Then he smelled each bread. He told me what each one would look like inside and why -- how dense, how many air pockets -- and what I could expect from their taste. Then he cut them open, horizontally, to make his point.
Happy voyage! Like J.R.R. Tolkien would say: "Not all those who wander are lost."
Under shady palm trees, local residents, rappers, singers and friends lounged on plastic chairs and listened to the music made in this miracle of a studio. Messiah Brown is a miracle because there is nothing like it in Léogâne.
It feels as if everything has taken on a weird otherworldly dimension in Cannes, as if time stood still until the opening night film Grace of Monaco will kick off the 67th edition of the festival, later tonight.
All great reforms must first mature. To be successful, they must be fully understood by society. This process requires time and a lot of explanations. However, the need to obtain the consent of the people must not deter the leaders from their mission, even if it makes them unpopular. As it is written in the American Federalist Papers: "When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection (Federalist Papers Nr. 71). What is called "populism" nowadays is not really tantamount to defending the real interests of the people. Rather, it is a political ruse, which consists of using ultra-simplified language that is easily understood by the people, playing on their sense of fear, to conquer power.
With visitors often outnumbering residents, it makes sense that Parisians fiercely defend the etiquette and language that defines the very culture so many travel so far to see. So why not play along?
The current discussions, around the world, and in particular in France, on how the fate of companies is sealed, illustrates the view that old capitalism, the one in which those who hold capital grant or deny the breath of life to companies, is outdated.
Even though it's a city known for amour, Paris is also passionate about its chocolate. We only stepped through the doorways of a handful of shops, but the decadence and rich texture combined with the tangy fruit compotes and nutty pralines leads us to believe that there may be more chocolate treasure to find.
But it isn't entirely Piketty's arguments and analysis that have intimidated friend and foe alike. Instead, it's his uniquely French adherence to a deeply threatening sartorial affectation.
These, as one of the oldest breeds of horse alive, also remind us that there is beauty in nature worth nurturing, and a true partnership to be had, if we allow ourselves the profundity of such a relationship.
It was the last time I will be in the Netherlands for a while -- my year in Paris is nearly finished. This trip was more a last hurrah than anything -- and last hurrahs don't end by slinking back to the city with your tail between your legs. Last hurrahs end with hitchhiking.
Arles is best known for its Roman monuments, part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with its nearly intact amphitheater, cloister, and obelisk. But Arles is also a beloved cradle of classic painters, who liked the light, the colors, and the rich and vibrant culture of its inhabitants.