Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Good Night

Remember “A Good Year”? If you love the south of France, chances are excellent that you’ve seen the romantic-comedy, most of which takes place in Provence. Last night, my wife Jan and I enjoyed an event in a small village … Continue reading

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The hole in the wall gang

Something there is that doesn’t love a hole in a wall*. Especially a stone wall. Especially one that’s 65 centimetres, or two feet plus one and a half inches, thick. How do I know this? Because we are having our … Continue reading

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A short stroll up a favourite Paris street

Over the years as we visited Paris, my wife Jan and I developed a special affinity for the 7th arrondissement — the district below the Seine and to the west of the busier 5th and 6th. The 7th is home … Continue reading

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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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