Category Archives: france

La Belle France

Paris is an amazing city, but it has been renown for the beauty of women living there throughout time. Here is a collection of movie stars. They lit up our lives. Catherine Deneuve Brigitte Bardot Sophie Marceau Marie Trintignan Carole Bouquet Dominique Sanda Isabelle Adjani Of course there’s no mention of Franciose Hardy. The only […]

Francia Go Bragh

The November Paris Attacks shocked the world into adopting Paris as everyone’s City of Light. City Halls around the globe were lit red, white, and blue to honor the dead. Egalite, Fraternatie,et Liberte were translated into every language. Berets and baguettes were treated with respect. French fries were French fries even in the Deepest South. […]

FEAR OF HEIGHTS By Peter Nolan Smith

At the end of the summer in 1989 I hitchhiked north from Perpignan by the Spanish border over to the Provence to visit friends before heading north into the Alps. Two resistance fighters in their 60s gave me a ride to Col d’Iseran. At 2,764 metres the Haut-Alpes pass is the highest mountain crossing in […]

Bastille Day 1789

2 July 1789 The Bastille – Paris A prisoner cried from his window 2 July 1789 The Bastille – Paris A prisoner cried from his window. “Ils tuent les prisonniers.” The guards subdued the inmate and the incarcerated Marquis de Sade was transferred to the insane asylum at Charenton. His words were a spark for […]

Les Frogs

Most Americans have an unfavorable attitude toward the French. This antipathy is based on the abuse many US tourists have suffered from dismissive Paris waiters during their weeklong summer vacation. Few of my countrymen realize that these garcons are rude to their own countrymen as well as any estrangers. That is not to say that […]