Category: France

Bouillabaisse

Waiter! There’s a crab in my bouillabaisse! But fortunately for the purist, this little guy is only there for decoration. The true bouillabaisse contains no shellfish, not even mussels–in fact, it contains nothing fish-wise but Rascasse (a pungent Marseillaise rockfish), Chapon (a Scorpion Fish), Mullett, John Dory, and Conger […]

Saint-Loup de Varennes

A massive concrete sign outside this village just north of Chalon-sur-Saone in Bourgogne announces that Nicéphore Niépce invented photography here in 1822. For once, one of these weird historical claims appears to be accurate–as long as you define photography as the permanent imprinting of images on light-sensitive materials […]

Paris

We regret to report that you can no longer recklessly lather up your lips with lipstick and kiss Oscar Wilde‘s tomb in Père Lachaise Cemetery. In an unusual gesture for Paris, the authorities have chosen public sanitation over romance in erecting a plate glass barrier around the grave […]

Daddy’s Girls

All the widower George du Plessis wants to do is sit out on his California beachfront porch, daydream about his late wife Izzie, and not make a hash of raising their two beautiful daughters Gisela and Adelaide. Yet for that plan to work, George would need a far […]

The Expatriate

Mac Macleod always assumed that the grandiose plans he achieved would define his life, that he would live on past his time in the international corporation he built, the workers employed, the generations educated—all that wonderful, big-picture stuff of a self-made man’s dreams. But now he’s not so […]