La France

The Little Paris Bookshop

Books, like alluring strangers, can unexpectedly sweep you off your feet. Still, I hadn’t expected to be seduced and fall in love. A month or so ago, I picked up The Little Paris Bookshop while browsing at a somewhat unfriendly bookstore (it’s hard to believe that such places exist, it seems contrary to the nature of

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A Return to Cannes

My eyes scan the crowded sidewalk café, searching for an open table. Funny that it is much more crowded than yesterday, I think to myself, spotting an available table for two and maneuvering quickly to grab it before someone else does. As I sit down and face the bustling open air market in its covered

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A Paris Encounter: Meeting de Blasi

It was a one in a million chance. Or, as I like to say, a mysterious intersection of fate and destiny. That I would happen to encounter one of my favourite authors sitting at a famous Left Bank café in Paris was improbable enough, yet a half dozen other factors that day led up to

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L’olivier: the Olive Tree

I wish this was made of olive wood. That was the thought that lingered in my mind as I stood at the sink, washing the stainless steel ladle I had used for scooping the evening’s homemade soup (organic broccoli and potato, in case you were curious). Despite my aptitude as a French-trained cook, the kitchen

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A Fine Tool in the Hand: The World’s Most Special Corkscrew

It was billed as ‘The World’s Most Special Corkscrew’. On Christmas Eve, 1999, Paris was rocked by the storm of the century, a maestro of a tempest that ripped up roof tiles, storefront awnings, toppled trees, and wreaked havoc throughout the city and beyond. A week or so prior, I had departed France and returned

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