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Paris Locks Come Down and Refugees Could Benefit

December 6th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Paris

The sappiest and silliest expression of eternal affection in Paris over the past decade has been the “love lock”. What whispers “be mine” quite as beguilingly as a big, ugly, heavy brass padlock attached to a bridge in Paris? And left behind to become an eyesore as it begins to rust away? But this has […]

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Thanksgiving in the South of France

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Languedoc, Paris

We now have added the Languedoc to places in the world where we have had Thanksgiving dinner. That ends a period of five years out of seven when we celebrated Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi. The exceptions were … when we spent it in Paris (inviting some people over to where we were staying) and when […]

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The International Herald Tribune Farewell Party

November 18th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Journalism, Newspapers, Paris

It was the last official act of the American-owned newspaper that had been published in Paris since 1887. A party. A month ago, the Paris newsroom was all-but shuttered and most of the remaining staff was laid off at what had been known, going back 129 years, as the Paris Herald, the Paris Herald Tribune, […]

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Paris: Where You Can Leave Your Heart … and Your Wallet

October 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Barcelona, Paris, tourism, Travel

I had been in Paris barely 10 minutes today when I had my pocket picked. Arrived from the south of the country on the fast train into Gare de Lyon, made my way downstairs to the Metro’s 1 line, got into a jammed car just as the doors were about to close … and then […]

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End of the Line for the American Newsroom in Paris

September 30th, 2016 · 1 Comment · France, Newspapers, Paris

For many American print journalists, it was a dream job destination. For many American travelers, it was the essential daily reading while working or touring in Europe. The International Herald Tribune, based in Paris. Now, after a slow fade over the past decade, it is gone, as a Paris-based entity. The Paris newsroom of the […]

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‘Nooo!’ Euro Soccer Party Ruined for France

July 10th, 2016 · No Comments · Football, France, Paris, soccer

The guy I made a point of looking for each time I looked out the window at France fans, appeared to be about 25. He was slouched in a “comfy chair” in the living room of an apartment across the street from me, here in Paris. He had a French flag wrapped around his body, […]

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We’ll Always Have the Newspaper in Paris … Oh, Wait

April 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment · France, Journalism, Newspapers, Paris, Sports Journalism

It was the ultimate career fantasy for a certain fraction of American journalists. At some time in their careers they wanted to live in Paris and work for the International Herald Tribune. They had read it during their travels in Europe and it became a sort of newspaper of record for their vacations, fondly remembered […]

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No Sympathy for Uber-Threatened Paris Cabbies

January 27th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Paris, Travel

The mobile ride request company Uber has changed the face of transportation in many cities and perhaps none as radically as Paris. For decades, Paris’s taxi system, and its drivers, had no competition. Uber changed all that, for the better, in the opinion of thousands of Uber customers, and the old guard doesn’t like it […]

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Saint Tropez and Faded Grandeur

January 5th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Paris, tourism, Travel

  We drove over to Saint Tropez today because it seemed like the thing to do. Of the towns in this bay, on the Cote d’Azur, Saint Tropez is by far the best-known, internationally. What we found was underwhelming, even considering this is the depth of winter — when celebrities are least likely to be […]

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A Champions League Convert

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

After six years on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, I can safely identify two additions to Sports Competitions I Follow. The English Premier League … which is a subdivision of the ultra elite European Champions League. This is where the world’s most famous sports teams come to play because, really, we must concede […]

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