Category Archives: France

A Ballet of the Spoons at Brasserie Georges in Lyon

By Peter and Jean Richards On  a recent drive to Italy, we stopped for the night in Lyon, France, because we had not visited Brasserie Georges for almost a decade. This time we were particularly struck by a marvelous ballet … Continue reading

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Telephone books with a French touch

By Peter and Jean Richards A few days ago we found in the mailbox at our house in France a heavy cello-wrapped package containing the Annuaires for 2013 — the new telephone directories for the year from France Telecom. They … Continue reading

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Nancy, the “Paris of the East,” shines once more

By Jean and Peter Richards Nancy boasts one of the most beautiful public squares in Europe, an abundance of seminal Art Nouveau architecture, splendid museums and a special brasserie. Once called the “Paris of the East,” the capital of the … Continue reading

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Angers: Heavenly Food and Apocalyptic Art

By Jean and Peter Richards It’s not easy anymore to find restaurants that prepare the dishes that made France a gastronomic mecca. When we do, it’s a treat. When we do en route to see an artistic masterpiece, it makes … Continue reading

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Brasserie Flo Metz Comes Up Short

We have been to Brasserie Flo in Metz three times. It is one of those elegant and nostalgia-evoking Art Nouveau restaurants, a dying breed found mostly in France, but occasionally in other European capitals. We love them. Brasserie Flo Metz, … Continue reading

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The Brocante in France Means Spring Cannot be Far Behind

By Jean and Peter Richards The village brocante is a signal of winterʼs waning in the Charente Maritime. It is a festive affair. Only the French could turn cleaning out the attic into an opportunity to eat and drink before … Continue reading

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A Pox on Designers of French Hotel Bathrooms

By Peter & Jean Richards Is it possible that somewhere in the Napoleonic Code forming the basis for French law that there is a provision which would allow corporal punishment for designers of hotel bathrooms in France? The thought of … Continue reading

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