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Bastille Day Celebrations in the US

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(photo source) July 4 may be over, but Bastille Day is just around the corner! Similar … [Read More...]

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Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

(photo source) Tomorrow begins Royal Ascot - the 5-day British spectacle, known as much for its top racehorses as it is for its sophisticated, and sometimes over-the-top, fashion. A mainstay in the British Royal calendar, Royal Ascot represents … [Read More...]

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Fresh French Bread

(photo source) It may be 2am in Paris, but the French can still get their fresh bread fix. A recent invention by a French baker offers fresh, hot baguettes by way of a unique vending machine. Now it may seem sacriledge for the French to buy bread … [Read More...]

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Mother’s Day Macarons

While in downtown Chicago this weekend celebrating Mother's Day, I happened upon one of my favorite French pastry shops outside of France - Vanille Patisserie. (By the way, this charming little shop is a MUST if you enjoy a little taste of French … [Read More...]

The Good Life in France

The Good Life: Lessons from the French

(photo source) If you're like most Americans, you probably work all year long hoping to save enough money to, one day, afford the "good life". The idea of the good life is relative....good to one person may mean spending all of his/her time … [Read More...]

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Top 10 Travel Selfies to Take in France

(photo source) Selfies are the latest craze on social media. From Ellen at the Oscars, to President Obama and now, the Pope - everyone is taking a selfie and, of course, posting it on Instagram, Twitter, and more. It's no surprise that travel … [Read More...]

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A Toast to the Eiffel Tower

  (photo source) Raise your Champagne glass and grab a macaron! Today marks the 125 birthday of one of the world's most recognizable monuments-- the Eiffel Tower. Standing  nearly 1,063 feet high in the heart of Paris, France, the beloved … [Read More...]

St Patrick's Day Cake

Guinness and Chocolate

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like an Irish chocolate cake and a glass of Guinness Stout! … [Read More...]

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Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

(photo source) As if I needed another reason to visit France....late last year, Lonely Planet released it's Best in Travel: The Top Ten Cities to Visit in 2014, with Paris, France topping the list.  The travel website bestowed the ranking, noting … [Read More...]

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Big Bites in the ‘Burbs

Whenever I travel, I look for smaller, locally owned and sometimes out-of-the-ordinary places to dine, avoiding chain restaurants whenever possible. This had led me to some amazing meals here in the US, Canada, Europe, and beyond. At home in Chicago, … [Read More...]

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Valentine’s Day With a French Twist

(photo source) Valentine's Day is right around the corner. And whether you're celebrating with your true love, your family, or friends - why not put a French twist on the special day by serving a Paris-inspired drink? Take a look at these … [Read More...]

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Thawing Out in Lake Las Vegas

We are merely 5 weeks into 2014 and I'm already on my second business trip of the  year. This time, I'm in sunny and temperate Las Vegas - Lake Las Vegas to be exact. For me, "temperative" is a relative term. After having been consumed by the … [Read More...]

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Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

(Photo source) Bonjour friends, The winter holidays may be over, but it needn't be Christmas time to appreciate Charles Dickens. The Victorian era author may have been famous for his characters of Scrooge and Marley in A Christmas Carol; but … [Read More...]