VOL. 19 NO. 3
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
" . . . The American
in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a
conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret."
- Fred Allen, American humorist (1894-1957)
IN THIS ISSUE:
Étangs de Corot
The Bookshelf - A Passion for Paris
~ a book by David Downie
Featuring: The Lot département
~ Escape to this enchanting place in France where you can explore unique geographic and historic sites, dine on local cuisine, and have a tranquil holiday away from the tourist throngs.
We hope that you enjoy this abbreviated edition of FRANCE On Your Own ~ we will return to the full five pages in November with the publication of our Autumn issue. Have a wonderful summer!
Paris Plage 2015
by Arthur Gillette
– or quite – stressed by
Paris, nipping from monuments to shops
to museums to restaurants? What about a bucolic visit to one of the
calmest and most beautiful rural venues? High among the favorites
of mine and my lady are found at Ville
village, the Étangs de Corot.
two adjacent lakes named for the 19th century painter who
them and left this 'souvenir'.
Ville d’Avray was
settled in the Middle Ages and long
focused on vineyards. Its étangs began to
attract noble visitors in the 17th century as a relaxing getaway from
the royal hustle and bustle at King Louis XIV's nearby Versailles.
Perhaps to avoid
making his brother jealous of his
(that should probably be His)
Versailles, Louis gave him the St. Cloud domain toward Paris from Ville
Its castle, destroyed since, was then nobly rebuilt. To provide water
extensive new park and lake, created by master landscaper André
Le Nôtre, the
future Étangs de Corot were mobilized and enlarged, taking the
you can see
In the late 19th century, after the railway opened, they drew the Parisian haute bourgeoisie, not to forget artists like Corot. And, they simply haven't changed since.
The visit is
anything but strenuous. Leisurely strolling along the paths that
surround them, and stopping a bit here and there perhaps to observe the
local birds' flapping and diving shenanigans, you can circle the
étangs in about three quarters of an hour.
afterwards? You can find respite at the rather luxurious,
four-star Étangs de Corot hotel/restaurant overlooking one of
the lakes. My personal preference there is the relatively
inexpensive (€29 for a meal, wine not included but affordable)
Café des Artistes where you can sit outdoors surrounded by
shrubbery with your feet almost in the nearby Étang.
Bonne promenade et bon appétit!
inside. . .
with a click
> for our review of David Downie's newest book, A Passion for Paris, on The Bookshelf.
> to read about what's happening in France and the US, culturally speaking, as well as news from France you may not be seeing reported elsewhere, visit Ici et Là.
> to travel with us to the Lot, our Feature for this issue. Discover one of France's loveliest départements offering visitors everything from prehistoric treasures and impressive medieval villages, to striking landscapes and exceptional cuisine.
Coming in our Autumn issue. . .
Take a tour with us to some of the
many Cistercian and Benedictine
monasteries of France
TONGUES . . .
by Arthur Gillette
Welcome to Twisted Tongues, a French word game everyone can play. Can you come up with the correct translation of the phrase in question? You'll be surprised by how it differs from what you first thought it meant.
Answer from our Spring issue: "Se planter". It doesn't mean "to thrust down one's roots", but it does mean "to be mistaken."
Phrase: "Une caisse"- Does it mean "a case or box"? Literally, yes. But in slang it has a different meaning. Can you guess?
Look for the correct translation in our Autumn 2015 newsletter. Have fun!
Gillette to take advantage of his amazing knowledge of Paris
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