France In My Thoughts

During the same trip that I went on to Chambord, I also visited St Denis, the scene of today’s mayhem in France. It was a lovely and vibrant part of Paris and knowing what is going on there today, in a place where all French kings are buried, is very surreal. I can’t stop thinking about all of the families struck by tragedy over the last week. One nice thing about this week is the show of solidarity and support across races, continents and nations. I know many think that only Paris is on people’s minds but I a) don’t think that is true and b) believe that is more because people can relate to Paris and have had experiences there not because some attacks are more striking then others.


After today’s soccer defeat for the Azzurri, I think I will be rooting for France to win the World Cup and thus writing a lot about French wines this summer. All kidding aside, as readers of this blog know, I was a Francophile before Italy stole my heart years ago and still have a long and intense love affair with the country. Today is a big day in Florence, my adopted city, San Giovanni, so I am just going to put a link to an article I wrote years ago about the holiday.

Going back to the World Cup for a moment, I am scandalized by that bite from Suarez yet it doesn’t seem that Fifa is going to do anything about it. We’ll see. I think he should be banned from the World Cup and beyond. What kind of a message is that, bite your opponent? Don’t we…

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