luck or money?

Would you rather be rich or lucky? My favorite museum provides the answer. Haunted by great wealth and heartbreaking tragedy the beautiful Musee Nissim de Camondo is a Paris treasure. Conte Moise de Camondo had it all.  He was the scion of one of Europe’s wealthiest banking families.  Sephardic Jews, they had fled Spain in…

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my favourite things: LYON

It is every blogger’s joy to get enthusiastic feedback and I am no different.   Whether this feedback is posted in the Reply section or, as is more often the case, shared in conversation and accompanied by a glass of excellent wine, I always happy to expound.    “I’d love to go there!” is the usual opening,…

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le vin jaune

When you spend 30 years of your life with a wine guy you learn a thing or two…. whether you want to or not. Red, white, champagne, rose. Got it! But Vin Jaune? Yellow wine? This I had to see. And taste. The sommelier presented the special Clavelin bottle and poured me a glass. It…

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histories…my latest crush

Some people are star-struck by athletes, actors or musicians.  I, however, am wowed by chefs.  This is a long-standing predilection that I developed at the age of 5 upon meeting the legendary Paul Bocuse.  I may have been too young to understand his deft skill and unsurpassed classical technique, but I am not too old…

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