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Ever-changing Paris Posted by on Mar 2, 2021

Paris, like most big cities, is ever changing. And with the JO de 2024 on the horizon, ever-changing Paris is getting ready to change again! A remarkably unified city… For all of its history of change, Paris is really a truly remarkably harmonious and unified city. Much of that can be attributed to the work…

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French Culture – Saving History Posted by on Feb 26, 2019

One of the things I always loved about living in France was just how much history was … everywhere! On my very first visit to la Bretagne my host brother took me to see le Mont Saint-Michel and to the ruins of an ancient château fort in the middle of the woods. For a kid…

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Strange French Sites: Who Was Nicholas Flamel? Posted by on Apr 5, 2018

If you happen to be in Paris, you might want to check out the oldest stone home in the city. Located at 51, rue de Montmerencey, it dates to 1407. But that’s not the only special thing about this house: it was built by Nicholas Flamel, the most famous French alchemist of all time. For…

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Travel in France: A Palace Made of Pebbles? Posted by on Mar 26, 2018

There are lots of famous sites in France, from the iconic French Riviera to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. But there are also some interesting attractions off the beaten path … like a gigantic palace made almost entirely of pebbles in Hauterives, France. Known as Le Palais idéal, or the Ideal Palace, this strange…

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French in Philadelphia Posted by on Dec 28, 2016

My family and I took an impromptu trip to Philadelphia for the holidays. It’s a wonderful city and, compared to New York, where I’m from, it’s much more manageable and low key, particularly for families. We took my son to the Franklin Institute, where he was dazzled by a robotics exhibition, and then to Drexler…

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