How Rick Steves ruined tourism in France… almost.

Everyone knows who Rick Steves is, no? My first encounter with his brand of tourism was in a hotel in France on the rue cler. I was inadvertently placed in a “Rick Steves Endorsed” hotel. not a bad place but crawling with families carrying the same guidebook and having the same Parisian experience. It was quite frightening. No sense of adventure. Just follow the guide. Traveling is a personal experience and should be open to varying whims. I also don’t go to France to be surrounded by ditto heads.

A very affable and dumbed down tour guide – but I guess fits the bill for many families.

2003 Guide to France


Wylie's Beaux Gestes: A guide to French body talk

Great book for Wylie, and very nostalgic pictures too!

For those who aren’t aware, Laurence Wylie was one of the most famous (and beloved) French professors at harvard, and author of “A Village in the Vaucluse” an anthropological study of living in a French village in the south of France.

Laurence Wylie (Harvard Memoriam Page)
“Laurence Wylie was born in Indianapolis on November 19, 1909. He was the son of a Methodist minister of Scotch-Irish descent; his mother was of English Quaker stock. He acquired the nickname Red because of his hair. In his early years, he moved from one small town to the other, and later his family settled in Bloomington. He went to Indiana University where he was on the wrestling team and played the piccolo in the University band. Continue reading “Wylie's Beaux Gestes: A guide to French body talk”

Guy Bedos' Autobiography

Mémoires d’Outre Mère – a play on Mémoires d’outre mer by Chateaubriand – is actually an autobiography of guy Bedos’ magrebin roots.

“Je n’ai pas rêvé. J’ai bien vu ma mère frapper mon père avec un marteau. Je dois avoir entre deux et trois ans. Mon père est infirme. Quand il met la main dans sa poche, ça ne se voit pas.”


Guy Bedos