Monthly Archives: February 2012


In doing some research about an unusual photo postcard in our archives of the 1900Universal Exposition in Paris, France, I always wondered about the story behind this card.

We tend to think that many marvels of engineering are from the later half of the 20th Century, this one dates right before the start of it. The title at the bottom of the card (shown above) Le Trottoir Roulant, literally means “moving sidewalk“. Translated into our modern idiosyncratic language, it means escalator not alligator!

Actual film footage titled Rue de l’Avenir et le Trottoir Roulant (Edison Moving Sidewalk 1900 Paris) of the moving sidewalk was uploaded to youtube on July 26, 2014 by Aurelien Talbot and can be seen below. Thank you Aurelien! We really appreciate your work.

I didn’t comprehend the expression Trottoir Roulant either, until I read the following book, The Triumph of Art…

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World Music - the Music Journey

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Today I present you the Reggae band Dub Inc(orporation) from St.Etienne, France. Their styles are dancehall, dub, rap and ska influenced by Arab and African music. They are singing their songs in Kabyle, French, Arabic and English. Here’s their song “Tout ce qu’ils veulent“:

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Paris: People, Places and Bling

By Theadora Brack

Is it possible to have too many passions? Not according to my grandmother! This week, I am happy to sing out that there is a new macaron in the city, and it’s dipped in silky smooth dark chocolate.

Meet Chocolats and Macarons 

Created by dream team Christophe Roussel and Julie Haumont, the shop’s Calder-like macaron mobiles in the window called out my name. So I popped inside.

The shop’s vitrines and interior are bright and trippy, flaunting a tie-dyed, psychedelic color scheme in purple, pink, orange, and green. Here I definitely felt a mellow yellow-worthy “Groovitational” pull and—in a fit of rave—I purchased one too many macarons to count. Ah, but who’s counting?

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Orange Tart Recipe

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Orange Tart RecipeOrange Tart Flickr user star5112

This easy orange tart recipe is a sweet twist on the classic citrus tart sold in pastry shops everywhere. A little dollop of Chantilly cream1 served with the dessert makes the ideal treat.

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • Pastry:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold butter
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Orange Filling:
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons orange zest


In a small bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, large-tined fork, or a food processor on pulse setting, cut the chilled butter into the flour until it resembles coarse sand with a few pea-sized pieces of butter still visible. Sprinkle the cold water onto the mixture and toss gently a few times, just until it forms a ball that holds together.

Separate the dough into two balls, flatten slightly into thick disk shapes, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for several hours before working with it.

Preheat an oven to 375F. Roll and trim the dough to make a circle large enough to fit a 10-inch fluted tart pan. Fit the circle into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Line the line the dough with pie weights or dried beans and bake it for 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and bake the shell for an additional 5 minutes. Set aside the pastry shell, still in the tart pan, to cool.

In a double boiler or a medium size saucepan set a large pan of simmering water, stir together 8 tablespoons butter and the crème fraiche. Once this mixture is thoroughly combined, set it aside.

In a separate pan set over the double boiler, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Stir the orange juice into the mixture and cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Add the orange zest and butter-crème fraiche mixture to the eggs and cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.

Pour the orange filling into the prepared pastry and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes, until it turns golden brown and the filling is set.

Allow the tart to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator before serving.

This orange tart recipe makes 8 to 10 servings.

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Alsace Lorraine France – Alsace Region

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The Alsace Lorraine France is really two regions. The Alsace Region of France, sandwiched between the Lorraine region of France and the German border, is the smallest region in France.

Alsace Lorraine France - Ribeauville

In the Alsace Lorraine of France, half-timbered houses with window boxes of cascading geraniums as well as storks perched in nests high on rooftops are familiar sights.






Alsace Region of France - Riquewihr

Keep an eye toward roof-tops where you will see stork nests. It was the raucous clapping-like sound that alerted us to their presence of the storks.






Alsace Region of France tourism feature is the stork nests in Ribeauville Alsace Region of France - Ribeauville stork nests

My favorite meal to order when we were in the Alsace Region of France was the Flammekueche, which is a cross between a pizza and a savory tart. The crust is very thin and usually topped with crème fraiche, onions and bacon.







We concentrated our brief visit in the Alsace Region of France to the Ribeauvillé–Riquewihr area. Riquewihr is nestled in the Vosges mountains and is designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Car traffic is prohibited on the main streets.







Alsace Region of France - RiquewihrI love Riquewhir as it is a wonderful example of a Middle Ages village. The layout and architecture of this village have changed little since that time period. The wells, fountains and old wrought iron sign-work are fascinating.










The Dolder tower and belfry is the upper gate of the town, part of the original town wall fortification. In front of Dolder is the fountain of gauging which was used to check the capacity of wine barrels.








Riquewihr pain de campagne

This pain de campagne is a dense whole grain bread that is designed to last for several days even though it has no preservatives. You merely purchase a piece of the loaf as the length of the loaf is about 5 feet.

Riquewihr is considered one of the gems of the vinyards in this area of France and the neighboring village of Ribeauvillé is a wine producing village. There is nothing like vineyards to boost the tourism quotient.






This wonderful little village of Ribeauvillé, known for its Riesling wine, is picturesque – one of many beautiful villages in the Alsace Lorraine. The fountains and wells found in Ribeauvillé were delightfully curious.















This tower is known as the Butcher’s Tower because of the abattoirs and butcher’s stalls beside it. It separates the old town from the middle town.








There are 16 different hiking trails in this area of the Alsace Lorraine France and the walk from Riquewihr to Ribeauvillé is an easy 1.8km. If you are looking for peaceful tourism idea, then plan a day – hike. Some of the most beautiful fortified villages are in the Alsace Lorraine France around Riquewihr-Ribeauville. The Christmas season in France sees these villages become even more picturesque than at other times. I will end on that happy note with a video from Riquewihr and a link to my favorite Christmas song from France.

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79th Lemon Festival in Menton

A worker looks at the Eiffel Tower made with lemons and oranges during the 79th Lemon Festival in Menton, southern France on Thursday. The theme for the festival, which involves over 300 workers and uses 145 ton of citrus fruit, is “Menton welcomes the regions of France.”

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128th Nice Carnival Parade

A worker puts the final touches to giant figures depicting candidates for the 2012 French presidential election during preparations for the 128th Nice carnival parade.

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