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Cyber Monday 2018 Sale 35% off everything

Cyber Monday 2018 Sale 35% off everything

Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes for a wonderful 2018 holiday season!  We want to express our gratitude to all of our customers with a 35% Cyber Monday discount (effective 11/24/18 through 11/27/18).  Please be sure to enter "Cyber Monday 2018" in the discount code field at checkout.  Thank you! Jonathan & Suzie  

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Guest blog: The Count of Monte Cristo

Guest blog: The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas in the 1800s and over one thousand pages long, may not seem very appealing at first. But as young Edmond Dantès reaches the top of his ambition and falls, it is impossible to put down the intricate novel that traces Dantès’ plot for revenge. The book is set during the middle 1800s in France, beginning at Marseilles as Napoleon Bonaparte attempts to regain power among the French, and the book ends in Paris, the capital. Along the way, the book visits the Château d’If, a prison fortress of France, and the...

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A last word on Provence from Peter Mayle

A last word on Provence from Peter Mayle

After living in his beloved Provence for over 25 years, Peter Mayle died there earlier this year at a hospital not far from his home. As devoted fans, we mourn his passing and celebrate his contribution to the cultural exchange between France, the US and the UK.    Mayle is best known for the stories he told the English-speaking world about life in the Luberon. Beginning with A Year in Provence in 1990, Mayle wrote some 16 books set in the south of France, ranging from crime novels to personal memoirs. Mayle's perspective and narrative voice were equal parts epicurean, ascetic and humorist--a pleasant and entertaining mash-up of James Herriot and Pliny the Younger. From...

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French kids eat everything. Do yours?

French kids eat everything. Do yours?

Yes, this is what Karen Le Billon claims in her book of the same title.  If you have trouble imagining your children eating their vegetables without complaining--let alone everything else you might ever want to serve them--then this book's for you. In French Kids Eat Everything, Le Billon recounts her own seemingly impossible quest to get her American-raised children to enjoy as varied a diet as their French counterparts.   At the outset, she admits to having indulged her girls' very picky eating habits.  At the time of their move to France, their palate of acceptable foods was limited to bread, cookies, pasta, cereal, ice cream, hot dogs, etc.  That notwithstanding, Le Billon...

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A short stay in the Île-de-France (by guest blogger Lisa DiGiacomo)

A short stay in the Île-de-France (by guest blogger Lisa DiGiacomo)

  Having never been to France before, I expected it to be beautiful, but everywhere I went, nearly everything I saw and so much of what I tasted exceeded my expectations. Our time was spent primarily in Versailles and Paris. Although Paris was amazing in the preservation of the city and the beautiful structures, I believe our family enjoyed Versailles best because it was — simply charming. Versailles' palaces and gardens were breathtaking.  The paths running along the fields of goats and sheep created a relaxing place to walk through each day.  The village itself was full of kind and...

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