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Achenblog: August 6, 2006 - August 12, 2006

Cafe Society: Dispatch from La Rive Gauche

[A dispatch from La Rive Gauche, in the Sunday magazine.] In Paris, you sit in the cafe, like Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Sitting in a cafe is one of the main activities in Paris. It's what Parisians do instead...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 12, 2006; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (403)
 
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Fetal Position Friday

Welcome to Fetal Position Friday, a day in which we meet life's many challenges by curling into a ball and moaning. Some people say that's not exactly a plan of action. I say it's as good a plan as...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 11, 2006; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
 
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Dangerous Skies

Three days ago my family was at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, getting grilled by a security agent. The French security style is rather direct: She stopped us as we stood in line to get our tickets, and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 10, 2006; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (285)
 
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President Lieberman

Secretly, Joe Lieberman is planning his next presidential bid. Once you get the notion that you should be president, it's hard to shake it, even when the voters in your home state say they don't think you should even...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 9, 2006; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
 
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You Too Can Be a Smart Traveler

There are a number of secrets to traveling abroad with aplomb, panache and savoir-faire, and I will list them in rough order of importance: 1. Do not attempt to speak the native language. You can manage just fine with a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 8, 2006; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
 
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