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The Double Height Studio

  While many apartments in Manhattan have high ceilings, there are a small number that push up even further, with one or two double-height rooms and, frequently, a mezzanine that overlooks their open volume.  These large apartments were built as …

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Re-entering New York

  After two months away, I landed at Newark late on a Tuesday night in early September and came home to a steamy New York.  Customs and baggage were uneventful, as was the taxi ride home, a “mere” $100 including …

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The War

  I have taken a break from writing about France, partly from fatigue and partly from the fear that what I am sharing has become too personal.  But I am increasingly overwhelmed by the power of what I am seeing, …

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Returning to Paris–the marche d’Aligre

  I was heading back to Paris, by high speed train from Amsterdam remembering my first visit many years ago.   Paris was not on my first trip to Europe.   Mom took us to Rome in about 1967 and maybe …

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A side trip to Amsterdam

  I’ve taken a side trip to visit some younger friends in Amsterdam.  I know them from the year they spent in New York—Brune, the daughter of friends in Paris, and her boyfriend Frederic, working respectively in solar-panel marketing and …

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Returning to France–the Vink sisters

  It is impossible to convey my love for France without writing about the Vink sisters.  Both are now married, with husbands, children and grandchildren, but of course that was not how they were when I met them.   Therese …

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Looking at France’s cities: Marseille

Marseille, July 29, 2018     Despite its mixed reputation, I was hoping to like Marseille.  I took a hotel room in an attractive, not-too-expensive place recommended by a friend of young friends, in a residential area not too far …

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Looking at France’s cities: Montpellier

Montpellier, July 25, 2018   After Bordeaux, I took intercity rail service to Montpellier.  The train line passes through Toulouse and continues to Marseilles, but I stopped in Montpellier to see one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in France. …

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Looking at France’s cities: Bordeaux

Montpellier, July 22, 2018   From Arcachon, I took the train into Bordeaux. After the importance and elegance of Paris, and the evident, nearly uniform affluence of Arcachon and Pyla, I was initially taken aback.   Of course, Bordeaux is much …

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Returning to France and why it matters

Bordeaux, July 21, 2018  My trip began sixty years ago, in a very different generation and place, when my mother found me a French tutor in Los Gatos, the northern California town where I grew up.    (I don’t know …

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