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NewsletterMarch 2015

Paris Then & Now

During my recent trip to Paris in late January, I compared old postcards to today. Some things changed, others did not.
If you like seeing how Paris (or France) used to look check out Autrefois - France of Yesteryear & Today: A 'Tour de France' of 101 sets of then and now photos takes you from Paris to Bordeaux to the Alps and beyond.

Eiffel Tower and Galerie des Machines. Galerie des Machines built for the Exposition Universelle of 1889 and demolished in 1910.

Next three photos could be called 'Passy Then & Now', as all were taken in the once village of Passy, now part of Paris.

Rue de Passy: Once the main street in the village. This photo taken early in the 1900s, by that time Passy was already part of Paris.

Place et Rue de Passy: Square created in 1834 for Passy's once Mairie (village hall), now 67, Rue de Passy. #67 is the 'Confiseur' building on the right.

Gare de Passy: This once Petite Ceinture train station is now Restaurant La Gare.

Gare d'Allemagne, now Jaurès Métro station.

Last three photos are of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in northeastern Paris.

Suspension bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel.

Le Pont de Briques, aka le Pont des Suicidés.

Path to the Temple de la Sibylle.

Hanging Out

My friend Jan Malleval and I started a weekly Hangout series. We talk about culture, food and what it's like for two Americans living in France. So far we produced three: Idiosyncrasies of living in France, Continuing capers of two Americans living in France and The adventures continue for two Americans Living in France.
I also did a Hangout with Adrian Leeds about her petition to change the law regarding short term rentals in Paris.

Mail Box

We are looking to make contact with past and present active Rotarians and Inner Wheel members living or with a holiday home within 30 to 40 km of Bergerac. The reason: to start a Rotary Fellowship English Conversation Luncheon Club. All Nationals welcomed, very little involvement required. If interested please contact: royston.watkins@orange.fr
MY FRENCH LIFEGUARD: We take care of everything (from paperwork to airport transfer) and offer a brand new housing service. It is often difficult to find an apartment when moving abroad and it is even truer in France.
FRANCAIS FACE A FACE: Providing one-to-one residential programs in French for private people and professionals of all levels.

(Almost) Spring Reading

Southern Burgundy Explorer 2015 [Kindle Edition]: Insiders' guide to châteaux, churches, wine & more. Get ready for your next visit to Burgundy with my ebook updated for 2015!
Intoxicating Paris [Kindle Edition]: PJ Adams's quirky journey through the byways, kitchens, shops, cafés, closets, boudoirs, and creative heart of Paris. Intoxicating Paris takes you through the ancient streets of Paris, where you'll find the secrets of creativity that inspired the likes of Hemingway, Hugo, and Rodin. Readers will peek inside some of the most sumptuous dining venues in Paris.
Intoxicating Southern France: As you journey, you'll sip chilled champagne in Monaco, rub elbows with the famous and infamous in Cannes, pick lavender from the sunny fields of Provence, scale the magical turrets of fortified Carcassonne, spelunk the caves of prehistoric Pech Merle, and traverse the skies in a hot-air balloon over Rocamadour and Castelnaud.
Cognac Conspiracies (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]: The heirs to one of the oldest Cognac estates in France face a hostile takeover by foreign investors. Renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to audit the books. In what he thought was a sleepy provincial town, he is stonewalled, crosses paths with his first love, and stands up to high-level state officials keen on controlling the buyout. Meanwhile, irresistible Virgile mingles with the local population until a drowning changes the stakes.
Paris High Noon: William 'Catfish' Hancock rode with Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch back in the 1890's, before retiring to Paris in the late 1930's. When the Nazis invade, he straps on the old six gun for one last show down. With the help of cafe garcon Jean Mahluer, Catfish gathers a gang of French outlaws to take the fight to the Nazis, Wild West style.

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