Monthly Archives: September 2013

Balloons over Daglan

People have been going up in hot air balloons in France since 1783, courtesy of the inventive Montgolfier brothers. Today, hot air ballooning is a popular tourist activity in the Greater Daglan Area — and our village often has some … Continue reading

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Lunching above the vineyards of Monbazillac

The vineyards lining the slopes that lead up to Château Monbazillac, south of Bergerac, are among the most beautiful in the entire Bergerac wine-growing area — a region of more than 90 villages with more than a thousand grape growers. … Continue reading

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The case for Saint-Emilion

In yesterday’s posting, I described the seafood lunch that my wife Jan and I enjoyed on Sunday (two days ago) at L’Huitrier-Pie in the beautiful town of Saint-Émilion, one of the planet’s 981 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today I’ll share … Continue reading

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A trip to wine country — for seafood

Yesterday’s journey shaped up quickly. My wife Jan started it by noting that we had no plans for Sunday, and suggesting that we should go for a long drive. Okay, but where? How about St. Émilion, one of France’s most … Continue reading

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Surprises and delights at Le Grand Bleu (once again)

What more can be said about Le Grand Bleu, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Sarlat? I’ve written about it many times before, using words like “marvellous” and “wonderful” to describe our meals there. But it still has the ability to surprise … Continue reading

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Variations on the theme of lamb shoulder

For several years, I have been tinkering with a French recipe for shoulder of lamb, trying to correct what might be called The Lemon Dilemma. Now I believe I have solved it. At this point, if you have no interest … Continue reading

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The 2013 harvest — of tobacco

The département of the Dordogne — home to Daglan — has long been a major producer of tobacco, accounting for an estimated 23% of France’s production. Although the business of raising, harvesting, drying and then processing tobacco has been in … Continue reading

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