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Area native returns to give travel in France lectures


Award-winning travel writer Gary Lee Kraut, a Paris-based specialist on travel and touring in France who grew up in Lawrence and Ewing, N.J., returns to the Mercer-Bucks area for a series of free lectures and special events about travel, wine biking, war sights and Jewish history in France.

Kraut will present “L’histoire et le patrimoine juifs à Paris” (Jewish Heritage and History in Paris) to the Alliance Française in Doylestown, at 10 a.m. Feb. 6. This lecture will be presented in French. Contact the Alliance Française for details.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 7, he will discuss the American presence in France during the First World War and during the post-war reconstruction period of the 1920s as he examines sights that can be visited in the Paris region and in northeast France.

This free program will be held at the Lawrence Public Library Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, N.J.

Registration is suggested at 609-883-8294 or

Kraut will present “A Jewish Tour of Paris: An Exploration of Jewish Heritage and History” at 2 p.m. Feb. 10, at Beth El Synagogue, 375 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. A $5 donation is suggested for nonmembers.

Register at 215-493-1707.

Kraut will discuss “The Cycling Traveler: Biking in France” at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13, at Sourland Cycles in Hopewell, N.J. He will cover routes of interest to easy-going leisure bikers, to family with teens, and to experienced road cyclists seeking challenging ride, including the Paris regions, the Loire Valley, Normandy, Burgundy and Provence.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 20, Kraut will present “A History of the Wines of Burgundy and Champagne” at the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center in East Brunswick, N.J. He will also give tips for visiting Burgundy and Champagne.

Kraut is available for consultations with those planning to visit France in 2019 or 2020. Email to schedule a meeting.