Monthly Archives: January 2014

That “shut down” French village: A new progress report

Over the past year or so, I’ve written a few times about the amazing work being done in the lovely village of La Roque-Gageac, which sits right on the Dordogne River not far from our village of Daglan. The project … Continue reading

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When Daglan goes dark

You’ve got to give credit to the folks at EDF, or Électricité de France. They keep working to improve the electrical grid, or réseau de distribution, so that our village of Daglan won’t have so many power outages. These days, … Continue reading

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Our restaurant gets a new top

A roofing job in this part of the world is quite different from what I remember from our days in Toronto. As far as I can recall, the last time my wife Jan and I had a new roof put … Continue reading

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Rays of hope

When we lived in Toronto, my wife Jan and I took a vacation in the Caribbean each winter, for several years in a row. Then in the autumn of 2004, we bought our home in France and from then on, … Continue reading

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A lovely dish from the Vaucluse

Today I’m continuing with a theme — let’s call it “How in the world did the chef do that?” —  that I started a few days ago in the posting “Clever food in Cahors — Dish No. 1” (January 10). … Continue reading

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Clever food in Cahors — Dish No. 2

Yesterday I introduced you to what I thought was quite a clever dish served at the restaurant Le Marché in Cahors, which is about an hour’s drive south of Daglan. Today I’ll serve up another clever concoction, but only after … Continue reading

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Clever food in Cahors — Dish No. 1

We have never really enjoyed, or understood, the town of Cahors — at least until yesterday. In the past, my wife Jan and I had somehow missed the sights or the shops or the restaurants that everyone else raved about. … Continue reading

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A place in the sun

“Oh my gosh,” said my wife Jan as she stepped out of our front door, early this afternoon, “it’s like summer!” Admittedly, later in the afternoon she amended that to “spring.” But the fact remains — the weather has been … Continue reading

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The Leaning Tree of Daglan

I’m not certain, but it could be our village’s attempt to create a new tourist attraction — something that would rival the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s the arbre de Noël in Daglan’s main square, which I’ve described previously … Continue reading

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A glimpse of stocking

I trust you won’t find this shocking (as you would have, in olden days) but I thought I’d share just a glimpse of stocking. It’s a photo from last night’s fun-and-feasting celebration of New Year’s Eve, hosted by our friends … Continue reading

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