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Corny pizza

Saturday was pizza day chez nous. One of my favorite pizzas to make is leek and bacon. There's no tomato sauce or cheese in it, just crispy bacon and sautéed leeks. This time, we had a surplus of onions in the pantry, so we used those in place of leeks. And, because this is France, smoked lardons take the place of American bacon. Lardons are actually the same cut as bacon, just shaped differently. Ken gently cooked the sliced onions with some white wine, bay leaves, and red pepper flakes. Yum!...
Tags: Travel, France, Ken, WCS, Food And Cooking

Le drive

In France, what we Americans call a "drive-through" at retail establishments is known as un drive. Whether it's fast food, a pharmacy, or a supermarket, the signs for le drive are everywhere. Except at banks. I don't think there are drive-up tellers at French banks. Not sure about drive-up ATMs, but I can't think of one. On Friday, I did the supermarket drive for the first time. This is not our Super-U and it's not my photo. I got the image from the internet. "Location" means "rental," most s...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Ken, WCS, Whatnot

Lockdown in Paris: Day 14

Another weekend in confinement, but at least it’s warm enough to enjoy my (government approved) one-hour run within 1km of my apartment. Circles around the Square I did 8 laps around the Mitterrand National Library, aka (TGB – Très Grand Bibliothèque), whose elevated boardwalk is exactly 1km all the way around a central "forest" . Without cars, bikes or scooters to worry about, I can just pop in a podcast and do my laps, and marvel at the number of other runners doing exactly the sam...
Tags: Travel, France, New York City, Paris, Italy, Square, North America, Health & Safety, Notre Dame Cathedral, Seine River, Men s Fashion Week, China France, Around Town, Air Liquid, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Home in a Bowl of Granola

Normally baking a batch of granola makes me think of home. This week thinking of home made me bake a batch of granola.  You ask how can granola have anything to do with “home”?   Where do you call home anyway? For me I have two homes. Home is here in France now. Home is back in the States then. Mentally there is room for both. The other day when it became apparent that we had to cancel our trip to visit with family in Virginia and Florida I consoled myself...
Tags: Travel, Florida, France, Virginia, Iowa, States, Vermont, Highlands, Ben, Kathy, Jerry, Wells, Anne Marie, Bourdeilles, Marj, Mike Another

Lockdown in Paris: Day 13

It has been a long week, so today’s update will be brief. Unsurprisingly, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made the official announcement that the confinement will last until April 15th (but, once again, everyone assumes it will be extended through the end of April). Sadly, there are now 1995 Coronavirus deaths in France, including a 16-year-old girl with no prior health issues and a cashier working in a large suburban supermarket just outside Paris. Solidarité in ActionBut it’s not just ...
Tags: Travel, Google, France, Paris, French Navy, Health & Safety, Les Enfants, Paris Saint Germain PSG, St Malo, Edouard Philippe, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Marcel Carn, Paris Solidarit, Roman Duris

Travel memoirs to read

So the only view you have right now is the one outside your bedroom window. It’s easy to feel cramped, your longing for travel stifled by your equally strong urge to protect public health. There is a way to travel while you’re stuck indoors though. All you need is the right book. These travel memoirs, part personal journey, part travelogue to new and uncharted territories, will lead your imagination on wild adventures to places far beyond the confines of your couch. Dog sled across the arctic...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Greece, Indonesia, California, France, China, Germany, India, US, Netflix, Vienna, United States, Ireland, Chile

The difference between truffles

Truffles are among the most highly sought after mushrooms in the world. They’re far from the most frequently eaten — in fact, much of their popularity stems from seasonality and limited supply — yet truffles are revered by fine-food lovers. There are hundreds of known truffle species. Of these, fewer than 10 are eaten. And of those, there are two that dominate the conversation: black truffles and white truffles. Both types are native to Europe. White truffles (Tuber magnatum) are the more rar...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Australia, California, France, US, San Francisco, United States, Italy, Croatia, Tuscany, All, Périgord, Truffles, Piedmont, Alba

Free Places to Stay for Medics & Caregivers Fighting Coronavirus in France

In partnership with the French Government, Airbnb is today launching a local expansion of their Open Homes program to connect medical staff and caregivers battling the coronavirus outbreak in France with free places to stay offered by local Airbnb hosts.
Tags: Travel, France

Covid 19: Mobilization of Accor Group

Accor has been prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of its customers and employees on a daily basis for more than 50 years. France currently faces a health crisis and the Group has decided to make its services available to front-line medical staff, to all French people engaged and mobilized in the fight against the spread of Covid-19, and to the most vulnerable populations.
Tags: Travel, France, Accor, Group, Accor Group

Airbnb to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 COVID-19 healthcare workers

The hospitality and travel industry may be reeling, but Airbnb is still doing what it can to support the global effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus causing a worldwide pandemic. The company announced today that it will provide “free or subsidized housing” for 100,000 people working as frontline healthcare, relief for first response professionals focused on stemming the COVID-19 crisis. Airbnb’s effort will work by allowing Hosts on its platform to opt-in to making their space availa...
Tags: Travel, Health, TC, California, Cdc, France, United States, Italy, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Red Cross, Websites, Vacation Rental, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Lockdown in Paris: Day 11

France now has 1,331 fatal cases of Covid-19 in its hospitals, an increase of 231 in 24 hours. The number of people in intensive care rose from 2,516 to 2,827. "We are only at the beginning of the crisis,"  warned the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe. President Macron speaks to the nation from the heart of the worst hit city. A New Attestation It’s most likely the lockdown will go through April 28th now. And there’s a new attestation with additional boxes to check and a specific spo...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Indian Ocean, Health & Safety, Macron, Roissy, Mayotte, Around Town, Orly Airport, RATP, Mulhouse, Edouard Philippe, Eastern France, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Lockdown in Paris: Day 10

The government hasn’t given an exact date, but have announced the lockdown is most likely to last “several more weeks”. Strict Rules for Runners Today the government announced that from now on anyone going outside to exercise, such as running, can only do so once per day, for a maximum time of one hour, and within 1km of your residence. To enforce this, you need to now write the TIME on your attestation each time you go out (as a reminder, you need a new attestation for each time you...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Brittany, Rice, North Africa, Health & Safety, National Assembly, Around Town, Edouard Philippe, Portugal Poland, Coronavirus, COVID-19, ANEFA Association Nationale, WWOOF Reduced Public Transport Bus, French Society for the Protection of Animals

Comfort food from around the world

Food is more than just fuel for the body. A creamy serving of mac and cheese has the power to bring back memories from childhood. Pizza often serves as nourishment for the soul and a loyal travel companion, and stirring a pot of chili verde can evoke happiness and the feeling of home. Finding comfort in food is something that our remote team at Matador Network knows how to do well, from Finland to New York City to Bulgaria. These are the comfort foods from around the world that we turn to. 1...
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The Coronavirus Effect: A Closer Look At Europe

The World Health Organization has pronounced Europe as the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Europe is now reporting daily increases in confirmed coronavirus cases at a rate higher than China during its height in February. Countries are now rapidly shutting their borders, allowing only essential travel for commuters and the shipment of goods. In addition to border closures, countries such as Italy, Spain, and France have ordered all non-essential businesses to close. In Italy, which...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, China, Italy, World Health Organization, Italy Spain

STR: France’s daily hotel occupancy plummets to as low as 3.3%

As the COVID-19 situation in France has worsened, the country's daily hotel occupancy plummeted to as low as 3.3% on 17 March, according to preliminary data from STR and In Extenso TCH.Daily occupancy in the country was as high as 65.3% on 26 February and had been positioned above 30% through 12 March. However, a sharp downward trend began as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew and the government implemented measures to combat the spread. STR's most recent data for 17 March showed...
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Service with a smile in lakeside luxury at Tulfarris

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort in Co. Wicklow. Simon Thornton knows a top resort when he sees one having plied his trade on the European Tour for close to six years.Europe's global circuit took the former Royal County Down assistant all over the world from the scene of his 2013 European Tour win at St Omer in France to great resorts such as Gleneagles, the Home...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, France, US, Sport, Ireland, Tourism, Golf, Gleneagles, Dublin, Cork, Simon, St Andrews, Thornton, George Burns

Global Savings Group acquires French cashback company iGraal for €123.5M

Germany’s Global Savings Group (GSG), the e-commerce content company, has acquired French cashback company iGraal for €123.5 million in a mixture of cash and stock. Specifically, the deal was reached with iGraal’s majority owner M6 Group, and consists of €35 million in cash and the remaining made up of an exchange of shares. The acquisition is said to be one of the largest in the cashback and loyalty space in recent years, with iGraal considered the leading digital cashback player in France. “In...
Tags: Travel, Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, France, Germany, Munich, Pouch, GSG, Global Savings Group, M6 Group, Ben Corrigan Jonny Plein, Vikram Simha, Global Savings Group GSG

Happy, positive books to read

Netflix parties and virtual pasta-making classes are not the only ways to pass the time while you’re stuck at home, doing your part to flatten the curve and tackle the coronavirus health crisis. There are plenty of books out there to keep boredom at bay and to inject a dose of hope, humor, and joy into those long and anxiety-filled days. So stay away from the screens and dive into the following good reads to be transported to a place where COVID-19 does not exist and to keep your spirits up. ...
Tags: Travel, Books, England, Reese Witherspoon, California, France, China, New York City, US, Netflix, Ford, Paris, Italy, Antarctica, Smith, Penguin Random House

Because You Have Asked...

  Because you have asked... Yann is in France lock-downed at our home alone, fifteen minutes away by car Chelsea, Martin and Baby Gabriel are with Martin's parents locked down too. Martin's parents have a big garden and Baby Gabriel is loving discovering Spring. Unfortunately, because of the lock-down Yann cannot see them. They are fine, and that is music to my ears, even if I am too far away to dance with them. Sacha is in Seattle. His freelance work has dwindled down enormously, but he still ...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Seattle, Verona, Martin, Sacha, Yann, My mother, Baby Gabriel, Chelsea Martin, French la Vie

COVID-19: Not just the elderly; all age groups are at risk

If you were pre-retirement age and comforted that only old folks were getting severely ill from COVID-19, understand that things have changed. Middle-aged folks are also severely impacted. And even infants, who seemed entirely protected in early reviews, are at risk. The high risk assessment for the elderly came from very early reports out of China, but now that itʻs a pandemic, and thereʻs a lot more information available, the picture is growing more complex. The u...
Tags: Travel, France, Government, China, United States, Holland, Johns Hopkins, Emergency Management, Health/Medical, COVID, New England Journal of Medicine Here

Magnolia Blooms in Palais Royal Gardens

Since we are all feeling the affects of the Coronavirus, no matter where we live, I am writing this special post. Almost all of us are in lockdowns in the U.S. A. and in France and most of Europe, forced to nesting at home. It’s a delicate and difficult time, so please hang in there. Also many of you had travel plans to come to Paris and had to either postpone or cancel your trip, which was also disappointing to me, as I won't get to see some of my friends and meet my newest clients. Until th...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Outdoors, Europe, France, Paris, Alan Cumming, Gardens, Parks, Vincent, Louie, Palais Royal, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Palais Royal Gardens, Les Nemours

An abundance of chervil

The chervil patch is happy. It reseeded itself last fall when the plants bolted and now it has come back again. It seems to do this twice a year, when the weather is cool and wet. We're not using as much as we should, so we need to make an effort. Chervil has a subtle anise taste, similar to tarragon but not as strong. In my opinion, it's best raw, in salads or as a garnish. Chervil, or cerfeuil in French, looks a little like parsley and tastes a little like tarragon. Yesterday we decided to c...
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Lockdown in Paris: Day 4

  Yesterday the police were just giving people verbal warnings if they were caught walking or driving around without the required attestation. Now they’re starting to fine everyone -- €135 -- who doesn’t have it. They stopped over 10k people in Paris in the past 12 hours and fined over 500 of them. So, to clear up any confusion, what they’re saying on the news is this: - Everyone outside of their homes needs to be carrying a paper attestation (they will not accept photos of it on your smart...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Switzerland, Belgium, Health & Safety, Around Town, Healthcare Workers, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Mathieu Persan, Maison Interviewed

Oil Trades Near Four-Year Low as Virus Restrictions Tighten - Bloomberg

Oil Trades Near Four-Year Low as Virus Restrictions Tighten - Bloomberg:Crude prices traded near a four-year low in the Asian morning as nations tighten restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus.Futures in New York edged up by 0.6%, after tumbling 9.6% on Monday. Leaders of the Group of Seven said they will do “whatever is necessary” to ensure a globally coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. U.S. President Donald Trump markedly changed his tone on the ou...
Tags: Travel, New York, France, Germany, Russia, Opec, Bloomberg, Canada, Donald Trump, Aramco, U S Federal Reserve, Group of Seven, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Lockdown in Paris: Day 2

So after the government closed all of the non-essential businesses and cafés, movie theatres and restaurants on Saturday at midnight, the French decided to simply go for picnics with their friends and family in the parks and along the canals.  # Restezchezvous  ( # stayhome ) started trending, but it seemed most weren't listening. So, inevitably, tonight President Macron announced more strict measures will go into effect Tuesday at noon to restric t all movement in France for 15 days....
Tags: Travel, France, Eu, Paris, Health & Safety, Alsace, Macron, Around Town, Coronavirus, COVID

LVMH making hand sanitizer

French luxury brand company LVMH is stepping up to make hand sanitizer more widely available across France. On Sunday, the company announced that it will be repurposing its perfume and cosmetics production sites to create hydroalcoholic gel for hand sanitizer. In a statement, the company said, “Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of a lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the s...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, France, Andrew Cuomo, Lvmh, All, Hand Sanitizer, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Oil’s Crash Deepens in Tug-of-War Between Virus and Stimulus - Bloomberg

Oil’s Crash Deepens in Tug-of-War Between Virus and Stimulus - Bloomberg:Oil’s spectacular collapse deepened in early Asian trade on Monday as investors weighed measures by governments and central banks to help shore up the global economy against the unprecedented demand shock from the fast-spreading coronavirus.Futures in London fell as much as 6% after plunging by a quarter last week -- the market’s biggest weekly drop since 2008. Travel restrictions across the globe tightened further over the...
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Lockdown in Paris: Day 1

Yesterday I was walking around my neighborhood in the 13th to get a bit of fresh air, and was quite surprised to still see all of the shops, cafés and cinemas full (even if the latter announced a limit of 99 seats in each screening). There was even another "gilet jaune" protest march, with a few hundred marchers in Paris at Place d'Italie. Not surprisingly, last night at 7:30pm in France, the government announced that Stage 3 measures to cont ain the spread of Covid-19 would start at midnig...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Health & Safety, Around Town, Coronavirus, COVID-19

COVID-19 & France : all shops and restaurants are now closed - Hotels still open | By Guilain Denisselle

At 8pm, the number of people who died from COVID 19 in France was officially 91 and the number of confirmed cases was above 4,500.
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French la Vie and the Corona Virus

Due to the coronavirus, the French la Vie groups in April will be postponed. If you were planning to stay in our apartment(s) I will return your deposits. Please contact me if you have any questions and or concerns.  Presently, I am in California hoping to return to France by the end of the month.              [Author: French la Vie]
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