Monthly Archives: May 2014

I Go to the Doctor (Take 2)

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As the Republican Party keeps up its bitter assault on the Affordable Care Act, I continue to be amazed by the more far-reaching, no-frills, government-supported and regulated health care system of France. Today I made my second visit since our arrival to Dr. Mariele Crespo-Mora, whose office is a three staircase walk-up on the upscale…

Life on the Set of Aix-en-Provence

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For nearly five months now, we’ve lived on a most remarkable movie set, a place of music and laughter, outdoor life and ancient buildings, cobblestone streets and old-fashioned lights, suspended from metal stanchions.  In a dozen days, the time will come for us to move to a new location, meet a new cast.  But Aix-en-Provence,…

Aix-en-Provence’s ‘Wild Beauties’

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At its best, the sometimes stylized, creative imagination of the French is without peer. Who but the French would think of putting an exceptional exhibit of carved, painted, drawn and wire-sculpted wild animals in an 800-year-old church?  With an Afro-Brazilian band just outside to lure in the crowds? On something called European Museum Night, which…