Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hiking the Calanques Near Cassis

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Take your pick. On either a cloudy day along the Mediterranean coast or a sunny one on which  you’d like to reach to a more secluded beach, hiking the calanques west of Cassis makes for an enjoyable outing. (We chose the gray day — last Thursday — and saved the sunny one  for the beach…

Doing Business the French Way

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We stopped by the used book store just off Rue d’Italie this morning.  Kathy, our family’s voracious reader, had four used books to give back. And she had a plan: Perhaps, as we prepare to leave Aix-en-Provence, she could trade the four books for one used English book to read on the road. The slight,…

Reading About the 1930s, Thinking About 2014

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Political sentiment across the Continent has converged at a grumpy and small-minded nadir. There is anger about high unemployment. There is pessimism about the future. There is irritation at immigration. There is alienation from the European Union. — Roger Cohen, the International New York Times It is against precisely this backdrop that the citizens of…