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Sep
2014
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This week I am

enjoying Champagne, and learning a lot about it and my own tastes. I’ve always thought I preferred chardonnay-based champagnes, as in blanc de blancs, as in Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, which I adore. www.taittinger.com  It’s fine, elegant, beautiful to drink.  But then...
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9
Sep
2014
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This week I am

thinking hard about the legacies of war. In Reims, the city that has renewed itself miraculously www.reims-tourism.com  In the cathedral where every French king was crowned, there is a photographic exhibition showing the damage done to the cathedral during the First...
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9
Sep
2014
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This week I am

Eating in Paris. Dinner at Allard last night, www.restaurant-Allard.old French bistro acquired by Alain Ducasse not long ago. Entry is facing the kitchen, there are two dining rooms. Nice old-fashioned look, with patterned wallpaper, lots of prints hanging on the...
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Sep
2014
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This week I am

travelling in Turkey, feeling humbled by the age of the archeological sites. Late Bronze Age, pre-Hellenic, Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine….I particularly liked Miletus and Didyma, Miletus with its wonderful Greek theatre, and the theatre bench seats with lion’s feet legs, and...
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