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French Pomp and Ceremony, and Oh The Lettuce!

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I watched the spectacular Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysées (from the comfort of a big, cool home in Normandy), for the very first time this year, and was entranced.  I grew up on military bases and am no stranger to brassy uniforms, fighter planes, salutes, and elegantly proud looks.  But as in so …

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Vanha Kauppahalli – The Old Market | Helsinki, Finland

Go to Recipe Go to Video Reindeer, bear, elk, moose, buckthorn juice…it’s all daily fare at the Vanha Kauppahalli, or Old Market in downtown Helsinki, on the shore of the Baltic Sea.  This fanciful brick building was built in 1889, and its interior is even more lovely than its exterior, with carved wooden stalls that …

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Getting Organized in the Kitchen

scrapers, measuring spons, Lazy Susan, measuring cups

BONNE ANNEE!!!BONNE SANTE!!! To you and yours, all the best for the upcoming year, which promises to be filled with discoveries, prosperity, and exciting new things! With best wishes from us here in Paris, where the Eiffel Tower is lit up in gorgeous Europe-blue each evening (to celebrate France’s Presidency of the European Union for …

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The Sapin de Noel Run, and Our Holiday Discount

One of the things I love about pre-Christmas is the many, many people carrying Christmas trees – sapins de Nol – through the streets of Paris to their homes. It takes two, one at either end and there they go, boring straight down the sidewalk as other pedestrians dance out of their way. What Happens …

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