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Forté

I was up close and personal with the pipe organ in Église St. Ferdinand on Sunday as part of the open house visits offered throughout Europe, known as Journées Patrimoine in France. Accessed via a circular and narrow staircase and … Continue reading

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The Perfect Wake-up…

…is when the alarm coincides with the need to pee. (u)   x(o)x

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Just Sayin’

You can be ticketed and fined for driving while wearing flip flops or high heels. That’s some powerful radar! (u)   x(o)x

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It’s Beginning to Feel A Lot Like… Hot Chocolate Season

The sunrise is after 7:30 and sunset before 20:30 with bright sunny days and cooler evenings. Vineyards are approaching harvest under perfect conditions indicating the 2015 vintage may be the best since 1982. Shop owners and school children are back … Continue reading

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Ok…so the story isn’t done…

I tried to withdraw my carte vitale application only to be told that it was impossible. So my case is going to a mediator and in the meantime, I’m desperately trying to prevent my bank from releasing funds to pay … Continue reading

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Just to Finish the Story…

I received my approval for French health insurance today after spending $200 to translate documents and submitting two separate dossiers. That’s the good news. The bad news is six months of coverage costs 3,248 euro…about $3,700. No thanks. Back to … Continue reading

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My First Sushi

A little trepidation, or maybe a lot. My first sushi experience was a guided tour, thank heavens. Sashimi was an instant thumbs up while rolls required a decision whether or not to like seaweed. The wasabi was predictably and horseradishly … Continue reading

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Bichromatic

The city of Cognac comes in two palettes, fifty shades of gray for stone and shutter and several shades of amber for its namesake brandy.  Situated on the Charente River and practically swallowed by surrounding vineyards, this medieval port has a … Continue reading

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City By the Bay

Arcachon.  About an hour away by train or car.  Tidal waters, lovely beach, sunglass shop vibe, oysters, casino, more than 31 flavors of ice cream, gingerbread houses, and suntans.  Haven’t been back since a daytrip in June but it’s nice … Continue reading

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Bastides

Originally posted on julijoyeux:
Bastides are towns, primarily in the Dordogne, that grew up around a central square.  The square held the market stall and just a few steps off the square would be the entry to the church.  The…

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