A fine deception at a fine Paris hotel

It doesn’t do to embarrass oneself in front of the waiter in the lobby bar of the Four Seasons George V hotel

A fine deception at a fine Paris hotelWhen we were dating, my wife-to-be made the mistake of mentioning that it would be nice to stay in the Four Seasons George V hotel with me in Paris. I took this idle chat as a mission. Twenty years went by, but I remembered my assignment. I had some business in Geneva and suggested that…

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true

But like a flirtatious mistress, she will drive you to distraction while capturing your soul

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is trueEverything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true: Expensive. Unfriendly. Grimy. Noisy. Gaudy. Congested. So why do I ache with longing whenever I hear the name? And why do I spend every cent I can spare to fly there again and again when there are a thousand-and-one other places in the world I’ve yet to…

The meaning is sometimes lost in translation

The tradition of mangling English in restaurants, hotels and public places continues

The meaning is sometimes lost in translationPARIS - Gerard Hoffnung was a raconteur and wit on the BBC in the 1950's. His speech to the Oxford Union, available on iTunes, is a classic piece of period of humour - a must listen to recording. Amongst the gems on that CD is a selection of letters received after inquiring about hotel accommodation…

Giverny and Monet’s Gardens

Stop in Giverny at least for a few hours to wander among Monet's gardens and you'll feel like you've entered one of his paintings

Giverny and Monet’s GardensIf you love Impressionist paintings, why not plan a visit to Giverny, in France, and see Monet’s garden, flowers, pond and bridges for yourself? It’s been said the Impressionist art movement acquired its name from one of Monet’s paintings called “Impression, Sunrise.” Giverny was Monet's home during the last half of his life. He painted…

Our tips for planning your vacation to France

Planning a vacation in France can be a daunting task, but here are some short cuts which can help

Our tips for planning your vacation to FrancePlanning a vacation in France can be a daunting task, but there are some short cuts which can help. First, understand France as a group of very different provinces. For example, the Riviera is a very different kind of place from the Luberon which is again different from Normandy. Read about the regions and link…

A drive through Normandy is a drive through history

If you're a student of history, ancient or modern, a drive through Normandy makes for a great holiday

A drive through Normandy is a drive through history[slideshow_deploy id='103667'] ROUEN, France, Nov. 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If you're a student of history, ancient or modern, a drive through Normandy makes for a great holiday. It was from Normandy that William the Conqueror set out to take over the throne of England in 1066. If you are into 20th century history, there…

Driving the Riviera Corniches

The Riviera Corniches are three roads that follow the coastline of the Mediterranean from Nice, France to the Italian border

NICE, France, April 9, 2016/ Troy Media - Photogenic and thrilling to drive, the Riviera Corniches are three roads that follow the coastline of the Mediterranean from Nice, France through Monaco to Cap-Martin and Menton on the Italian border. The three coast roads follow the same 20 to 30 mile (32 to 50 km) stretch…

Feeling good about what to wear in Paris

It doesn't matter what Parisians wear, they generally look smart

Feeling good about what to wear in ParisPARIS, May 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Contrary to popular belief, Parisians do not dress particularly well. Many are in fact dressed no differently from a Canadian – well, a Canadian on a warmish day. What is different about the couture of Paris is that it doesn't matter what Parisians wear, they generally look smart.…