Monthly Archives: July 2014

Le Tour de France

They go by in a blur and it’s all done in just a few minutes.  But the excitement builds for hours and it’s almost a letdown to realize it’s over.  I’m talking about Le Tour de France from an in person … Continue reading

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Up With the Gargoyles

The circular staircase was narrow, accommodating those coming up only if those coming down were flattened with their backs against the wall.  The stone steps were original and uneven and the rope railing felt flimsy.  231 steps rose 50 metres … Continue reading

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Scaredy Bat

I couldn’t tear myself away from a Jodi Picoult novel and it was only after two in the morning when I started considering the choice of bedside light off or inviting even more mosquitoes to the feast.  It had been … Continue reading

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All In Good Time

Many story themes will come from my past five “in the country” days but here’s today’s snippette.  On this day, my 11th month anniversary of living in France, I got my comeuppance for thinking I can handle anything thrown my … Continue reading

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You Say Potato

It’s puh-tay-toh to both of us but I say tuh-may-toh and she says tuh-mah-toh.  She says the way I say “niche” is what someone has if they are scratching.  And the way I say aunt is a picnic insect to … Continue reading

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Progress…at a Cost

You’ve probably already determined that I’ve edited more than 900 photos (from both C and me) that I’m making into a movie titled 2014 Bordeaux and Beyond.  Cost: worth every minute.*****I found cottage cheese! Cost: 3,86e for 400g*****The sightseeing book … Continue reading

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Bergerac…

…as in Cyrano de.  He was a real writer and playwright of the 1600’s and also the subject of future fictional operas, ballets, and movies.  The de in his name indicates a noble birth and he was a well educated … Continue reading

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Tingalayo

Actually her name sounded like “lice” and to get her to trot we commanded “tro-teh, lice, tro-teh” in our sternest voices.  I think it was “oh-oh” to get her to stop and a willow whip to make her behave.  Thankfully … Continue reading

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Nights in Shining Armor

The Château de Biron was the seat of one of the four baronies of the Périgord, which is the old name for what is approximately now the départemente of the Dordogne.  As most fortresses, it is situated on a hill … Continue reading

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Château Tasting

The vineyards of Bordeaux produce dry red, dry white, sweet white, and clairet wines and a sparkling wine known as crémant.  The grapes are absolutes…it is the blends that make each château’s specialty.  Certain terroirs are better suited to cabernet sauvignon … Continue reading

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