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November 2009 - Remembering the Sacrifice

Aisne-Marne American CemeteryArmistice Day, the day in 1918 that marks the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front and the end of World War I, is celebrated on November 11 in France. For those of us born in the latter half of the 20th century, the sacrifices of WWI have slipped from collective memory, or were never learned at all. In this month's Paris Insights, we visit the town of Château-Thierry and the nearby forest called Belleau Wood, where American forces stopped the German advance toward Paris in May-June 1918.

We dined at the recently opened Le Resto, where we tucked into delicious cuisine prepared by Chef Pascal Millet and served by his partner Isabelle Bedjidian. In our minds, diners would be hard-pressed to find another restaurant in Paris that offers such delicious, well-prepared French cuisine at the modest prices found here. Read our review in this month's Le Bon Goût.

Claude de Marne was a young man living in Paris during World War II when he engaged in the resistance movement to fight the Nazi occupation. Now living in Lichtenstein, he recently sent us the story of his and his comrades' wartime exploits. Read our account of their daring and courage in this month's Paris, Past and Present.

Paris Panorama Newsletters for 2009