Masks, fines and no kissing – no, France is not ‘back to normal’


Entering most public spaces in France requires a mask and a squirt of hand gel. Photo: AFP By; Emma Pearson/the Local France While France has in recent weeks been able to lift many of its coronavirus restrictions – following better-than-expected health data – many others remain and it would be a mistake to think lifeContinue reading “Masks, fines and no kissing – no, France is not ‘back to normal’”

CoronaVirus “Sacramento” my 10 day Journey


      I’m not an alarmist by nature. You won’t find me screaming “the world is coming to the end” on I street , or fighting over a twelve pack of Ultra Charmin Toilet Paper at the Alhambra Safeway. I’ve survived the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Y2K, Sars, Swine Flu , The Ebola Virus andContinue reading “CoronaVirus “Sacramento” my 10 day Journey”

In Pictures: 17,000 turn out for the poshest picnic in Paris


Photo: AFP From: The Local France This year’s “Dinner in white” – a chic, pop-up style picnic drew a record 17,000 diners all dressed in white. Here are some pictures of the impressive spectacle. The annual “diner en blanc” picnic took place in Paris on  at the Esplanade des Invalides and drew a record 17,000Continue reading “In Pictures: 17,000 turn out for the poshest picnic in Paris”

Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.


Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world, Despite what you read and see on television. America and Americans haven’t lost our minds or our way.  We realize you are bombarded with negative sounds and images emanating from our great nation, leaving the impressionContinue reading “Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.”

Snow pics: France’s most famed sites like you’ve never seen them before


The stunning Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. All pictures AFP Have you ever seen the Iron Lady dressed in white or the Chateau de Chambord and Versailles Palace under a blanket of snow? The famous tourist sites in and around Paris are photogenic enough but under a rare covering of snow they lookContinue reading “Snow pics: France’s most famed sites like you’ve never seen them before”

Zzzzzz Your next-NEXT car will be Electric!


Yes, your next NEXT car will be electric.   A report from research firm,Bloomberg New Energy Finance says by 2022,” the report says, the cost of ownership of battery electric vehicles will fall below that of an internal combustion engine vehicle.  Bloomberg projects by 2040 25% of the cars globally will be electric. In 2016, nearlyContinue reading “Zzzzzz Your next-NEXT car will be Electric!”

Ten hidden gems in France you should visit this summer


There’s a whole lot more to summer travel in France than the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera, and Mont-Saint-Michel. By:Nicola Williams/The Local Travel guide publishers Lonely Planet, whose writer on France, Nicola Williams, has helped uncover some must-see sites that are rarely on the radar of most visitors. 1. Neuf-Brisach, eastern France No foray into FranceContinue reading “Ten hidden gems in France you should visit this summer”

Thirteen sure-fire ways to lose your French friends


Photo: nullplus /Depositphotos If you want to keep your French friends, then DO NOT do anything on this list. There’s a myriad of irritating things you could do to put off potential friends pretty much anywhere, like ordering the most expensive thing on the menu and asking to split the bill, or retelling that oneContinue reading “Thirteen sure-fire ways to lose your French friends”

Will the next President of France be a Conservative? Eight things to know about Fillon – ‘The French Thatcher’


  After winning the rightwing presidential primary, François Fillon will now be installed as the favorite to win next year’s presidential election. Here’s what you need to know about the open admirer of Margaret Thatcher. He’s a big fan of Margaret Thatcher Openly saying you are an admirer of the former Conservative British Prime Minister isContinue reading “Will the next President of France be a Conservative? Eight things to know about Fillon – ‘The French Thatcher’”

Nudists could soon be allowed to get naked in Paris


Nudists in Paris will be cheered by a new plan to finally allow them to hang out in a designated open air area, without fear of being arrested. Naturists in Paris have not felt themselves for a long time. The problem: They’ve never had anywhere to let it all hang out. Sure, there is theContinue reading “Nudists could soon be allowed to get naked in Paris”