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  *Note Winners of the Annual Members Christmas Giveaway are listed at the bottom of this blog. Is it you?   I am someone who believes that the Christmas spirit should start just a few weeks before the 25th.  I cannot stand those TV networks and radio stations that play nothing but Christmas movies and music…

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  It’s been two long years but I am finally back in Paris!   Am I so stimuli deprived that the city seems even more beautiful than before?   I got here last Tuesday and I have been gorging on a feast for the eyes, stomach, and soul ever since.   For those of you…

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    I admit when I am in Paris, I pay more attention to my overall attire.   More than I would on any other vacation that’s for sure, carefully coordinating my outfits, adding a beautifully draped or knotted scarf accented with jewelry and French perfume.   I want to feel pulled together, elegant, sexy…

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  When was the last time you had French Onion Soup…although in France, I guess they just call it onion soup?   In my case, it was ages ago, not as far back as the 18th century when it was invented,  but certainly before I worried about all that salt, cheese and bread.   I…

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  “Not every true story is like a good novel, but this one is. Not every memoir of first love has a satisfying ending, but this one does.” John Irving Best-selling author of 17 novels including The World According to Garp Paris Blue — A Memoir of First Love by Julie Scolnik   When critically…

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  After the interview I did with Lindsey Tramuta and her book, The New Parisienne, The Women and Ideas Shaping Paris,  I started thinking of Parisian-based women who had inspired me as I was growing up.   France’s national chanteuse Édith Piaf  (“Je ne regrette rien”) came to mind.     German-French actress Romy Schneider…

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  Here’s what I have been watching on Netflix that is in French (with English subtitles!)   The Chef’s Table France   The Chef’s Table is a well-known documentary series, where renowned chefs share their deeply personal stories, inspirations, and unique styles.   But I found the French series to be some of the best…

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  Alison Browne is what you might call a modern-day nomad.   I knew I would like her when she also told me that she has always had the notion that she is secretly French.  (Me too, me too, me too!)   Alison was born in Montréal and taught elementary school for twenty-eight years.  …

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  (Note: Winner of My French Gift Box Giveaway is at the bottom of this blog!)   As we say farewell to summer in the Northern Hemisphere,  I pay tribute to a few of my cherished readers who ventured forth and made that trip to France this summer!   Today they share their stories with…

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  Well, it’s that time again!   Every quarter, I GIVEAWAY a really great gift to one of the Annual Members for my Virtual Adventures Club where I interview Women of Global Interest!   This year’s series has been all about women doing extraordinary things with their lives in or about Paris or France.  …

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