So you want to be alone

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For some time I have been conducting a passionate no-holds-barred love affair with Italian; and for an even longer time I’ve wanted to experience a monastic retreat.Read more

A sullen start

The New Year for France’s politicians began badly. On the first weekend after the holiday, a gaggle of Socialist Party leaders trooped off to Jarnac, in the Cognac region, to pay their respects at the graveside of the late President François Mitterrand on the 15th anniversary of his death.Read more

On the buses

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Explore the region for the price of a two euro return bus fare: RT journalist Carolyn Reynier continues her tour of the best bus routes in the Alpes-Maritimes.Read more

This month: loving the spread

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In the hustle and bustle of a family kitchen pre-Christmas, I taught an eager relative Tarte Tatin. As the aromas filled the house I told her the story of the sisters Tatin who created the dessert, quite by mistake, in an attempt to save some caramelized apples from burning.Read more

The dream and the reality

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Read The Rough Guide to France and the only thing it says about Saint Etienne de Tinée is that it comes alive three times a year: for its sheep fairs every summer and the two Fête de la Transhumance in June.Read more

Personalities of the year

If there was a winner in French politics in 2010, the conservative consensus is that it was Jean-François Copé, a former budget minister who was recently elected secretary general of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party in November.Read more

On the buses

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Since the introduction of the one euro flat rate throughout the Alpes-Maritimes, RT journalist Carolyn Reynier has become self-appointed queen of the departmental bus system.Read more

Reality government

From the moment that Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement suffered a crushing defeat in regional elections last March, a cabinet reshuffle was on the cards. In July, the president said it would follow the conclusion of his much-disputed pensions reform.Read more

This month: hearty onion soup for the soul

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Hands down the best meal I had last month was in a small, family-run restaurant in Porte de la Chapelle at the end of the metro line, on the border of Paris and its suburbs.Read more

This month: A pinch of spice with everything

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One summer, long ago, I worked for my aunt's catering company and it was here, that I first discovered the joys of cooking. To a soundtrack of power ballads, the women worked on autopilot - laughing, crying, solving the problems of the world - while working with the synchronicity of birds in flight.Read more

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