Tagged With: France

MONEY Oh, What A Shame … (No. 19)

Everybody loves it, this 324 m high iron tower in the centre of the French capital, and especially since it got illuminated from the Champ de Mars up to the TV antenna. Up to almost 7 million visitors are lifted to the various platforms every year by the elavators – and this figure makes the … Weiterlesen »

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MEDIA A Conversation Piece … (No. 40)

It’s not easy to find out because it’s a story like with the telephone or the airplane: Suddenly dozens of nation present a gentlemen who was the first to speak over the wire or fly with a machine. The first trace of a publication you could call a „newspaper“ was published 1493 in Spain to … Weiterlesen »

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ADVERTISING A Story Of Glory … (No. 50)

The PR Chiefs of Wash-ington DC published it on a full page in „The New Yorker“. That’s expensive. And they coined the phrase: „Who needs springtime in Paris!“ – to be followed by the conclusion: „… if everything from the cherry blossom trees to the nightlife and culture is in full bloom!“ What a sight … Weiterlesen »

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NOBILITY A Conversation Piece … (No. 36)

How strong is nobility in reality? Well, in monarchies the Blueblooded play still an at least optically dominant role. In true democracies they are relicts of a glorious past. But how many people belong to the nobility in countries with an aristocratic past? The figures are astonishing: In Japan, a country with an emperor and … Weiterlesen »

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ISLANDS Interesting People … (No. 60)

They are identical twin brothers and very British, even excentric. Their names: Sir Frederick and Sir David Barclay. Born on October 27, 1934 into a poor family. And now owners of the posh Hotel Ritz in London, the influential newspaper Daily Telegraph, the mighty Bank of Scotland and some other enterprises which make them the 26th richest people in … Weiterlesen »

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GARDEN If You Ever Come To Versailles (74)

Amazing, that it didn’t exist! A garden with flowers and herbs, with workshops, guided tours and happenings around the century old art of producing scents. Now there is the „Cours des Senteurs“ in Versailles, less than 100 m (or 110 yards) from the famous chateau – just around the corner. It opened on April 25, … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS The Nice Advice (No. 73)

It’s a small chateau in the southernmost Provence (France), in a village called Tourtour, and a romantic enclave. With a huge park, a Olympic pool, a spa, a rosegarden, horse stables, tennis courts and a vegetable field. Here, they say, people enjoy eternal spring – and that’s why the famous French painter Bernard Buffet lived … Weiterlesen »

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BUILDINGS If You Ever Come To … (No. 73)

It’s easy to find: 500 Chartres Street, at the corner of St. Louis Street. A fine building, errected 1815 to house the French Emperor Napoleon I, should he be able ton escape from his prison island St. Helena in the Atlantic. He didn’t and died there in 1821. But his many aficionados in the USA, … Weiterlesen »

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SHOPPING In Praise of … (No. 47)

It’s the street no. 96 and all around. An almost secret place in the French capital. Everybody, interested in fleemarkets, roams the Marche aux Puces. Fine, it’s still a great market.  But I will tell you about another one, founded after World War II, smaller, first specialising in furniture, now selling much much more. The … Weiterlesen »

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CASTLES Oh, What A Shame … (No. 6)

He is a nobleman, who insists on good manners and very respectful treatment. Valery Giscard d’Estaing ruled France from 1974 to 1981 and his family ruled the town of Aveyron for 500 years – but the Chateau d’Estaing belongs to him since 2005 only: It was disappropriated in the dark past and he  bought it … Weiterlesen »

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