Tag Archives: France

Leave the gun, take the cannoli

One of the joys of travel is the opportunity to sample new foods or variations on edibles that you’ve enjoyed all of your life. Unfortunately lapses in language skills, confusion about what exactly to ask for, or even widely differing … Continue reading

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Reading Nook

French artist Thierry Mandon uses video, performance art, and installations to reflect on the poetic nature of everyday existence with a twist of absurdist humor.

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Americain En France

A French “reading and conversation book” for American soldiers prepared upon the entry of the United States into the First World War. This volume belonged to David S. Blondheim, at that time an associate professor of French and later a professor … Continue reading

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Springtime in Paris

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Philadelphia Stories

About three years ago I did a post on the introduction of Short Édition short story dispensing machines in France. These brilliant kiosks provide users with one, three, or five minute reads on slim receipt-like paper strips for free. Last week, the Free … Continue reading

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Un Bouquiniste et Notre Dame

The last few times that I’ve been in Paris I’ve been disappointed to find that the traditional bouquinistes or booksellers along the Seine have been slowly replaced by vendors of tourist tat. This photo from 1931 by Jean Pierre Yves Petit (aka … Continue reading

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Bed, Breakfast and Books

If you visit Lille, France after March 21st, you will be able to browse a new bookstore, have a coffee, and even stay the night at Place Ronde – Bed, Books & Breakfast. The project is the brainchild of Fabienne van … Continue reading

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Mind The Gap

The Château la Coste is a renowned vineyard located near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. Along with fine wines, the vineyard is also known for its art. The Renzo Piano-designed gallery is currently hosting an installation from everyone’s favorite … Continue reading

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What we live with now

Those of you who follow TBTP on a regular basis are well aware that I’m a huge fan of the Spanish artists collective Luzinterruptus. Their international environmentally focused art installations always make bold and memorable statements. “The Plastic We Live With” or … Continue reading

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Napoleon’s Kindle

Unlike our maniacal Emperor wanabee, Napoleon Bonaparte was a devoted book lover. He was such a serious reader that in 1803 he commissioned the creation of the wonderful traveling library pictured above to take on military campaigns. The leather-lines, velvet-trimmed … Continue reading

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