History

Every city has a unique history and it contributes to the magic of the location and the people.


A Chicken in Every Pot and an Electric Car in Every Garage: Open Letter to President Sarkozy

Monsieur Le President: In your campaign promises, you included the development of alternative energy sources as one of your goals. You want French citizens to be able to find work and ultimately own their own homes. This is the French dream. Henry IV wished that all French might have a […]


Napoleon’s ‘Eye’-Baron Dominique-Vivant Denon

Every day hundreds of tourists rush toward the Denon wing of the Louvre, rarely bothering to wonder about the man for whom this museum wing was named. Baron Dominique-Vivant Denon studied to be a lawyer but he ended up becoming the confidant of kings, mistresses of kings, and emperors, starting […]


Delving into Musee d’Orsay with Alexandra Bonfante-Warren’s book

After the Louvre Museum, the Musee d’Orsay, is perhaps one of Paris’s most popular museums with visitors. Representing French artists and sculptors’ works produced between 1848 to 1914, this unique collection includes many of the Impressionist masters such as Monet and Renoir, but also the Romantic and Realists, the Nabists, […]


New Year’s Resolution: Learning to Speak French

So you’ve decided to take French lessons. Maybe you just like the sound of the language or maybe you’ve visited France in the past and been frustrated by not being able to understand what’s being said. Maybe you just want to be able to pronounce ‘bouillabaisse’ when you see it […]


Who is your Hero?

How many of your heros are French? How many of your favorite movie actors, singers, composers, writers are French? You might be surprised to know how many American heros and celebrities have French fans. In Normandy I met a stamp collector who collected only John F. Kennedy stamps from around […]