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Franco-American Sidonie Sawyer is a hybrid journalist, writer, editor, blogger, photographer. Always inspired by the ocean. Born, raised and educated in Paris, came to America 25 years ago, worked at the Miami Herald for a decade, and then took several jobs in smaller media outlet as a writer and editor, as well as a blogger for the Huffington Post.

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French Postman Named Horse Spent 33 Years Building a Castle of Pebbles

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 11:00 PM

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Is This The Temple of Angkor Wat?

The very eccentric Ferdinand Cheval (his real name) built a striking palace entirely made of pebbles he collected on his postal work route. He was a modest 19th-century postman in the town of Hauterives,...

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My Ancestors Came from Brittany -- And Yes, I Do Love Crèpes and Cider!

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 4:55 PM

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La Bretagne.

Brittany is the extreme west part of France, and is not to be confused with Britain, which stands for Great Britain, aka England -- but you knew that.

The funny shaped region juts out to sea in the form of a...

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Thanks to the New IKEA Restaurant in Paris, We'll Soon Be Able to Eat Chest of Drawers and Bookshelves.

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 11:23 AM

Just Kidding!

Yes, the giant IKEA is opening a restaurant of the pop-up kind, but rest assure that real food will be serve, and you won't even have to put it together yourself!

Not merely just happy with the famous Swedish meatballs and dill salmon served in every IKEA megastore,...

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Marseille -- The City by the Sea Where Art and Sun Compete to Blind You

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 2:13 PM

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The City by the Sea

Marseille (in the South of France, aka French Riviera, aka Cote d'Azur) is a city of surprises, an ocean-side formerly fortified enclave where strong accent and slang-ish dialect rule the quays of the old port. Mariners of all...

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Sauerkraut, Apple Strudel, Cowboys, Armadillos -- Howdy! We're in Texas!

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 7:22 PM

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Fredericksburg.

The tiny town of Fredericksburg certainly knows how to display its charming German heritage. Sauerkraut and bratwurst sausages, schupfnudeln, potatoes and apple strudels buried in cream, beer à-gogo -- the comfort food was all we needed after a day of hiking....

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When Parisians Ate Elephants

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 8:31 PM

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Mind You, this Was Back in 1870.

I don't want to scare readers into thinking that the residents of Paris do this on a regular basis, nowadays. NOOOOOOOO, they do not. Alarming enough is the fact that they do eat horse meat,...

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A Rare Asian Gem in a Lovely Corner of Paris

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 2:01 PM

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Le Musée Cernuschi.

Behind the chic Parc Monceau, the darling park enclosed by massive golden gates, hides a little arts museum often overlooked on the trail of blockbusters such as Le Louvre, Orsay, or Beaubourg. It is nevertheless a must-visit showcase of Asian...

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24 Hours in San Antonio (the New Austin), Texas.

(28) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 7:00 PM

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After our mighty adventures in the desert of West Texas, where the majestic Big Bend Park is located, where the famous Rio Grande River separates two countries, where the strange lights of Marfa and the...

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The Florida Sect Doomed From the Start

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 1:14 PM

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Continuing our visits on the trail of weird places in Florida, as we were driving down the west coast alongside the Gulf of Mexico, we discovered a small quiet park tucked away from the main roads and hidden from the touristic tracks.

The...

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The Devil Lives in Florida! We Saw His Den.

(11) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 3:31 PM

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Apart from some other devilish entities I will not here name, Florida has its fair share of weirdness and oddities. Many are artificial, but this one is natural. The tiny town of Williston (less than 3,000 inhabitants) is famous for its peanuts...

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For His 50th Birthday, 007 Swings by Paris in the Spring

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 5:10 PM

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James Bond -- aka 007-- needs no introduction. Since 50 years now, the world knows about him and the films that made him famous. Everybody has a favorite actor in the role, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, opinions abound on who made...

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Should You Visit the Florida Keys?

(31) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 12:47 PM

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My Answer is yes and no - Here is why.

After living in Miami for over 20 years, I would say yes. But when I first arrived in Florida, and drove that long skinny road down to the final and southernmost destination in...

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The Vampire Breast Lift at the Oscars

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 11:22 PM

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The 88th One.

Some hideous gowns and too much make up, that is my own overall skin-deep reaction of the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony. Of course, there were exceptions and awesome sights, but some celebrities seriously need a better fashion stylist and/or a...

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Yes, This Giant Sand Dune Is Surprisingly Located in France

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 1:44 PM

La Dune du Pilat: France's second most-visited-natural-monument-you-never-heard-of.

Am I on planet Mars? Imagine the large dunes of Africa and the hot sand of deserts of the World. Well, here you are: the giant dune of France, the largest one in Europe has been a strange phenomenon from...

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The Other Leonardo (da Vinci) in Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 2:59 PM

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We know that Leonardo da Vinci was a genius. He gave us many great paintings (Think Mona Lisa or La Joconde) and was the inventor of hundreds of sophisticated and complicated machines and ideas. His brain never stopped creating it seems.

The rather...

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The Dodo Carousel in Paris Lets You Ride Extinct Species

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 11:45 PM

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Most Parisian kids are familiar with the charming botanical Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement of the capital, covering over 70 acres, right by the bank of the Seine River. Opened in 1626 by Louis XIII's physician as a medicinal herb garden,...

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Le Petit Prince in Versailles

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 1:53 PM

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A Boy on a Planet.

The beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Le Petit Prince -- the whimsical story of how a boy on his planet charmed millions of children and adults alike, with his philosophical thoughts and humanitarian ideas -- is...

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The Giant Mechanical French Elephant You Can Ride

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 4:45 PM

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"Les Machines de l'île" is a fantasy artistic project created by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice -- a crossover dream mixing Jules Verne's invented worlds with the mechanical universe imagined by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.

Two hours from Paris with the...

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36 Hours in the Desert of West Texas

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2016 | 4:27 PM

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Big Bend.

The frontier land in the desert, the last bit of North American soil and rocks, the tall cliffs is where the greenish Rio Grande calmly slithers against the massive mountains separating the two lands, Mexico and the USA. There...

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The Hunger Games in Paris: A Futuristic Filming Location

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 4:31 PM

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It's not exactly in Paris proper but in the close suburbs of the capital. The shocking view of the stark buildings is in wild contrast with the rest of the surrounding architecture. Nothing prepares you for the awe of the tall...

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