Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mad for Macarons

Wikipedia will tell you that a macaron is a “sweet meringue-based confectionary made of eggs, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond and food coloring.” Wikipedia is wrong. A macaron is a little bit of heaven. The little … Continue reading

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A Maid Will Lead Them

It’s 1429 and a 17-year-old illiterate girl from a little town somehow manages to gain an audience with the leader of the country and convinces him that she can defeat his enemy when seasoned military men have failed, repeatedly, to … Continue reading

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Oh Happy Day

Living in a country where your native tongue isn’t the national language gets you outside your comfort zone. Ordering food off a menu is one thing — having a conversation about the food is quite another. So when my uber-outgoing … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 12th Century

This morning we (John and I, Tyre and his mother, Sheryl, along with Dan and Kim Jape) hopped a train and journeyed back to the 12th Century, visiting the medieval town of Provins about an hour southeast of Paris. Walking … Continue reading

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Camping at Versailles

Imagine that money is no object. Imagine that your name meant “Gift of God” and you had been raised since birth to believe that you were Heaven’s gift to mankind. Imagine that you became a king at age 4 and … Continue reading

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“O” is for Ohh La La

The Louvre may be the grand-dame of museums, but L’Orangerie and the Orsay, particularly the latter, have become my favorites in Paris. John and I toured the L’Orangerie — home to Monet’s magnificent Water Lilies, for the first time a … Continue reading

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The Age of Chivalry

A restless night resulted in a change of travel plans this morning. Rather than pursuing Jeanne d’Arc in Orleans, we took Metro Line 1 to Chateau Vincennes and a step back in time to the Age of Chivalry. Chivalry, as … Continue reading

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