Tasting wine with Arnaud de la Chanonie by Andrea Ratuski

Tasting wine with Arnaud de la Chanonie"French people cannot think of wine without cuisine and cannot think of cuisine without wine."

Arnaud de la Chanonie is setting out a succulent dish of cabbage and duck while his wife, Isabelle, clears away the fresh salad of fennel, apple and thinly-sliced raw beets we’ve just finished. He has carefully selected wines to accompany each dish. Arnaud is a wine merchant in Provence, living in the tiny hilltop village of La Roque-sur-Pernes, and runs a wine shop in the lively Marché de la Gare in Pernes-les-Fontaines. He also represents a number of wineries in the region and distributes them around the world, mostly to Asia.


The bikini:the most popular beachwear around the globe by Amy Desj L’Heureux

The bikiniSummer time is here! Time to hit the beach in your favorite swimsuit. For those digging through that suit drawer trying to find two matching pieces, have you ever taken a second to think about how swimsuits went from those iconic knee length frocks to the little eye patch of material you hold dangling in your hand right now?


The duché of Uzès: of dukes and duchesses... by Janice Lert

The duche of Uzes of dukes and duchessesThe family of the Dukes of Uzès, first peer of France (oldest peerage), can trace their title all the way back to Charlemagne! Dhuoda, Charlemagne’s daughter (a lycée in Nîmes was named after her), was the wife of the first duke, Bernard of Septimania. And the city of Uzès and its women played an important role from the very beginning... Dhuoda died in Uzès in 843.


Bijan Omrani introduces his new book "Caesar’s Footprints: Journeys to Roman Gaul"

Caesar s FootprintsI first decided to write about Julius Caesar and his conquest of Gaul when I was a Classics Teacher at Eton College.


As had been the tradition for many generations, I was using Caesar’s Gallic Wars, his own account of the Gallic conquest (58-50 BC) as the first proper Latin text to read with my A-level students. They hated it. It seemed to them nothing more than a confusing mess of legions marching this way, legates marching that way, and a tedious melange of battles with woad-painted chieftains. I tried to get them to see the text’s importance. Without Caesar’s conquest, the Latin and Roman culture of the Mediterranean would never have taken root in northern Europe. There would have been no French language, and no original template for a unified French nation. It would have been less likely that Christianity would have taken root. Latin literature, at the heart of the intellectual life of Europe and the Renaissance for centuries afterwards, would not have been studied. There would have been no Charlemagne, no Napoleon, and even no Asterix. We would have been reading the myths of Toutatis in that classroom, rather than Caesar.


A new marine institute at the heart of the Seaquarium by Anne-Fleur Houtsmuller

A new marine institute at the heart of the SeaquariumThe Seaquarium located at Le Grau du Roi has set up a brand-new marine institute, which is dedicated to the conservation of marine species and their environment.


The twisted world of Culture & Language by Metrice Harris-Weedman

The twisted world of Culture LanguageMy husband and I are about to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary after being romantically linked for over 30 years. WOW! How truly strange to think we are here in THIS moment living THIS life as expats, existing in a time and space reserved for a club of truly unique individuals.

I could never have imagined this reality any more than I could imagine living life on the moon.