Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bastille Day, Paris: morning, noon and night

This past Sunday, July 14, all of Paris celebrated Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, and we were there. Not always in exactly the right spot, mind you, but there. After our somewhat disappointing dinner at the Michelin-starred Shang Palace on … Continue reading

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Chinese dinner in Paris — Dim sum? No, a dim star

The prime reason  for our recent weekend trip to Paris (which I began describing in yesterday’s posting) was to see our great friends Alix and Larry on Sunday, before they headed off on a follow-the-Tour-de-France adventure. But my wife Jan … Continue reading

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Our long day’s journey into night

Our plans for the past weekend had been settled, and seemed quite good. The starting point was to be an early train on Saturday morning from Gourdon (30 minutes from our village of Daglan) to Paris (a large city in … Continue reading

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RFD grows along with Daglan

Happily, Radio Free Daglan and the village of Daglan itself seem to be getting along quite well, thank you. After nearly three years of postings, I’m finding that more and more holiday home owners and tourists — as well as … Continue reading

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Cheap and cheerful — and generous

Years ago, when my wife Jan and I lived in Toronto, we would often start planning an informal lunch or dinner with friends by saying, “Nothing special. You know — cheap and cheerful.” Well, it was always a good idea, … Continue reading

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No more Mr. Dark Knight

In case you missed it, we had a rainy, cool and rather miserable spring. Even in late May, as I wrote in several postings, I had to wear my Dark Knight bicycling outfit to keep warm. This outfit starts with … Continue reading

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Charcoal champs, plus some coming events

For years when we lived in Toronto,  our “barbecuing” was done on a snazzy gas-fired grill. But since we’ve moved to France, I wanted to go for a more natural approach, using charcoal. Sadly, if you like charcoal grilling your … Continue reading

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The dash through Daglan — whoosh!

My posting yesterday about the Tour de Dordogne bike race was all about traffic jams and slowdowns in the heart of our village. Today, we get to the racing part. All of the action you’re about to see took place … Continue reading

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The dash through Daglan — the sticking point

The main thoroughfare of Daglan does not have, to put it politely, generous proportions — an Avenue des Champs-Elysées it is not. So when my wife Jan and I were waiting for the bike riders in this year’s Tour de … Continue reading

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A three-star French breakfast

Hearty breakfasts are not exactly a French tradition. Although not technically illegal in this country, a hearty breakfast is not often found in French cafés or restaurants. But this morning’s breakfast chez nous was not only hearty but, I’m proud … Continue reading

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