My French Life
The second of the four Grand Slam tournaments takes place annually in Paris’s Porte d'Auteuil. Roland Garros is the only one of the four tournaments held on a clay court and fierce battles are frequently played out on it every spring.
In the middle of the nave, you will come across a curious circle: the labyrinth of the cathedral of Chartres. Made up of 270 stone pieces, the labyrinth has always elicited a certain captivation.
After the Liberation, Saint-Germain-des-Prés took up jazz, singing and theatre, and served as a backdrop in French cinema. Certain figures mythified the quarter which, since the 60s, had been transforming itself into a ‘spoilt rich-kid’ quarter.
With France’s economy predicted as ‘the one to watch’ in 2013, the country’s role as parent nation to the single currency alongside Germany may not be as secure as first thought. We are left wondering what the future of the Euro might be or whether it has a future at all.
The annual Salon du livre de Paris is the number one meeting place for all bookaholics, as well as industry professionals. International stars of fiction and non-fiction talk about their new books and meet their readers, who invariably wait in line for hours to have their copy signed, dédicacé.
Jean-Paul Sartre was a French existentialist philosopher who believed that each individual has the freedom to change things and make a real difference.
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