CHRISTMAS 2014 … FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE … A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR PARIS’ NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL …

  You may be in Paris this Christmas. If so, you will undoubtedly visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and you will see and love the Christmas tree on the square in front of the cathedral. You may not however know that this tree has been gifted to the cathedral by Russia. Gifted, in fact, to […]

WARM GOAT CHEESE WITH SALAD … CHèVRES CHAUDS SUR LIT DE SALADE …

You’ve heard how expensive Paris restaurants are. Yes indeed they are, but lately restaurants, brasseries and even the smallest bistros have warm goat cheese served with salad on their menus. And at a very reasonable price: from €5 to about €9. In the past week I have three times ordered this dish – chèvres chauds […]

EIFFEL TOWER … AT NIGHT … BEAUTIFUL …

    The Fiffel Tower’s lights begin to flicker on the hour and flicker for 5 minutes. A beautiful thing to see. Tweet ##AuthorMarilynZTomlins

#CHATEAU-DE-MAINTENON … A MUST VISIT … BEAUTIFUL …

Fifty-five minutes from Paris there is a marvel – the Château de Maintenon. The French have several English translations for the word ‘château’. If the place is still lived in it is translated ‘palace’. Like the Château de Rambouillet – I wrote about it here – which France’s presidents use as a weekend home and […]

#PRINCESS-DIANA … SHE WAS ASSASSINATED …

I am currently working on a book about the death of Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, AND of Mr. Dodi Al Fayed, the man she fell in love with and was going to marry. The title is SCENARIO OF A DEATH Diana … Dodi … August 31, 1997 Laymen are unaware that, when at 4.25 […]

#BELLA …A FRENCH LIFE … CHARMING AND A GOOD & LIGHT READ …

So you dislike the French? How many times have I not been told that the French are horrible people? I am not French as you will be able to tell from my name, but I live in Paris and I have lived here for some years now. AND I can tell you that the French […]

#SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE CHATEAU & MUSEUM … WONDERFUL …

Nineteen km (13 miles) west of Paris is the town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The town is delightful, and if you have never visited its castle – the Château Saint-Germain-en-Laye – then this is where you must go when next in Paris. I am saying this because the castle houses the National Museum of Archaeology – le […]

#CHAMPS-SUR-MARNE … CHâTEAU AND PARK … AN HONEST REVIEW … AND A NO ! …

It was a lovely sunny Saturday. The small town of Champs-Sur-Marne was quiet, almost deserted. It was going on for 1 pm and on a square outside a bar/brasserie people at two tables were on the dessert course of their lunch. I was heading for the Champs-sur-Marne stately home – château – for what would […]

#ARRAS … BEAUTIFUL TOWN OF THE NORTH … OF FRANCE …

To many people France is Paris and the Riviera. Let me tell you that there is another France too, one so very much worth a visit. And today I will tell you about the town of Arras. (The French are rather inclined not to pronounce the last letter of a word, but for Arras, the […]

NOBEL-2014 … #ANDRE MAKINE … #AMOS OZ… NOBEL COMMITTEE WAKE UP ! …

I am officially herewith protesting about the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. Not that I have anything against French writer Patrick Modiano, but well …! For some years now, every October, I wait for the announcement of the name of the Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. Each year though two writers who really merit this […]

#GARE-DU-NORD RAILWAY/RAILROAD STATION … PARIS … WARNING …

If you are planning to come to Paris and you will be arriving by train from the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany you will arrive at Paris’ Gare du Nord railway/railroad station. I am now writing these words as a warning to you about the state Gare du Nord is in. As France […]

THE MURDER OF PORN STAR #RED-HOT-CARLA …

Here is the intro and first para of my newest true crime article for crimemagazine.com. You can read the article here  -0- The intro: Her face – and body – were known to millions of men who crawled the Internet for web-sex. Her stage name was Red-Hot Carla and her fans agreed that the name […]

#NAPOLéON GOES UNDER THE HAMMER IN PARIS … FETCHES OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS …

  France’s Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte is not worth much in the eyes of many. The English especially have never cared for him and indeed after they had defeated his Grande Armée at the Battle of Waterloo (1815) they exiled him to the Atlantic Ocean island of Saint Helena: there he died and never has the […]

LE #MONT-VALéRIEN … A PLACE OF SADNESS, BUT ALSO OF PRIDE …

I descended from the bus which had brought me from Paris’s district of La Dèfense to the town of Suresnes, 9.3 kms (5.8 miles) west of the capital. The sun was shining ‘brightly’, as the cliché goes, and far down to my left lay Paris, a magnificent picture postcard. But I had not gone to […]

BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY IN FRANCE FOR SALE FOR VERY LITTLE … A BARGAIN …

  I have a dream. You will know who had said the above. Well, do you not also say it? I know I do. If you are dreaming of a house in France, then I am doing you a great favour by telling you that your dream can now become reality. Look at the picture […]

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