Je vois la vie en Vosges

There’s not much pink in the Vosges Mountains, but Piaf would have agreed on the region’s slogan. Life looks wonderful through Vosges-colored glasses.Read More

Doux et surprenant Even if you’re not familiar with the films of Agnès Varda or Jacques Demy, Jacquot de Nantes, released in 1991, will pull at your heartstrings.Read More

À vous de décider

John Kerry and Bradley Cooper go toe to toe this week in the ongoing French-speaking smackdown.Read More

Spécial Toussaint

As I reread my marginalia in Simenon’s Maigret et l’homme du banc, his description of un temps de Toussaint — gray, windy weather curiously without rain —makes me regret not visiting a cemetery or two one recent November in Paris.

Qui veut danser?

When I first heard à la queue leu leu, I filed it away under Charming Expressions Claire Uses That I Will Never Remember. Wrong.Read More

Bien élevé

“Est-ce qu’il est sage?” a French midwife asked me years ago as I held my newborn son, swaddled and blissfully asleep in a clinic in the South of France.

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