Champagne Weekend in Reims, FranceBy Mark Thompson | Oct 4The next time you’re thinking of a week in Paris, think about spending a weekend in nearby Reims, the center of the Champagne region and home to one of the three most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world (the other two being Chartres and Amiens)...
Benoit Paris Celebrates 100 YearsBy Mark Thompson | Oct 1Located just off rue de Rivoli on a pedestrian stretch of rue St. Martin in le Marais, Benoit Matray’s restaurant still exudes the same seductive charms that made his Lyons-style restaurant such a neighborhood favorite during his lifetime.
Soaring Through Heaven on Air France’s A380By Mark Thompson | Sep 28Air France’s A380, the world’s largest civil aircraft, made its inaugural flight between Paris and New York in November of 2009. In the ensuing two years, this double-decker, four-engine super jumbo aircraft has become favored by aeronautic a...
Historic Sonoma Winery to Resume Wine-MakingBy ERIC RISBERG | Oct 17Buena Vista, now a state historical landmark, was founded in 1857 by Hungarian-born Count Agoston Haraszthy, who procured the 800 acres for his winery outside Sonoma with dreams of producing premium wine.
A Nancy Macaroon Weekend: The PhotosBy Mark Thompson | Oct 16A youthful city with numerous schools of higher learning, Nancy is home to more than 45,000 students; 90 minutes from Paris by high-speed train), the northeastern French city in the Lorraine makes for a perfect weekend getaway.
A Nancy Macaroon WeekendBy Mark Thompson | Oct 16Nancy is the city that rivaled Paris as a center of art and architecture at the end of the 19th century. First built in the 11th century, Nancy was the one-time capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, which helped it attract many artists.
’I Do?’ Opposition Dogs French Gay Marriage PlansBy Thomas Adamson | Nov 5France’s Socialist government prepares to unveil its draft "marriage for everyone" law Wednesday, polls show wavering support for the idea and for the president amid increasingly vocal opposition in this traditionally Catholic country.
Questions and Answers About Gay Marriage, Adoption in FranceNov 6France’s government is introducing a bill this week that would let homosexual couples marry and adopt children. Such a law would make France the 12th country to legalize gay marriage, and the biggest country - both in population and economy - to do ...
Open Door Clinic @ St. Andrews Golf & Country Club :: April 12, 2014In West Chicago at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, Open Door Clinic held a fundraising dinner with guest speaker Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis. The HIV/AIDS focused clinic has been in operation since 1977 and has two locations in Elgin and Auro...
Sunday Fun Day :: April 6, 2014It was "Sunday Fun Day" this past weekend, as the weather started changing, local performer Miss Foozie invited friends to don wigs, and attendees sang along to show tunes.
Berlin Nightclub :: March 22, 2014Berlin Nightclub hosted "RuPaul’s Drag Race" contestants Detox and DiDa Ritz along with local drag performers for a great night of fun.