Month: October 2011

Today, let’s talk fashion. Let’s talk la Marinière, known the world over as “the French sailor shirt,” or “the Breton shirt,” (named after Brittany, the rugged coastal region in Western France.) Every spring and summer, the striped navy and white shirt returns on runways and in the street. French women refer to it as un basique – a…

As iconic as la baguette, a ride in the Citroën 2 CV, an Edith Piaf song, or a Gatti rattan chair on the terrace of a Parisian café, le béret still evokes France – and French culture – to millions around the world. “The beret?”, you ask, “that funny, round, flat hat, worn by the military – and…

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) Monsieur Eiffel was right of course. He was one of France’s greatest inventors, an architect, a structural engineer, a successful entrepreneur. He was a man whose innovative, elegant iron structures and buildings have defied the test…

I have lived in the United States for many years. People often ask me what I miss the most about France, and more specifically about Paris. I reply I certainly don’t miss the weather, la grisaille (grey skies, very similar to what we get here in Seattle,) long lines, or traffic. What I miss, right after…