Monthly Archives: March 2015

Phew! The Basque place still has what it takes

We have been fans of Le Tournepique for a long time. That’s the Basque restaurant in Castelnaud, about 10 kilometres north of Daglan. Obviously it’s not our “favourite” restaurant (hello? …  no Michelin stars!). But for my wife Jan and … Continue reading

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Sunshine makes the difference

We’re now officially done with winter, and frankly we can’t complain too much about it. The season was relatively mild, there was no snow to shovel, and my wife Jan and I did have that Moroccan holiday at the end … Continue reading

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Our express (two-hour) lunch

Life is returning to the Greater Daglan Area, after a typically grey and quiet-as-a-mouse winter. Flowering trees are bursting into bloom, fields are being plowed and readied for planting, and — perhaps most welcome — establishments are opening for “the … Continue reading

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French connection: Morocco, Part III

We are now settled at home in Daglan, where the sun is shining, where I just finished some chores in shirtsleeves (no jacket required), and where spring is in the air. But in today’s posting I’ll take a final look … Continue reading

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French connection: Morocco, Part II

In today’s posting, we visit the medina of Marrakech — the city’s ancient quarter — and enter the souk or market via the Jamaa el Fna, a huge square in the heart of the city. In the interests of accuracy, … Continue reading

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French connection: Morocco, Part I

We are now back home in Daglan after spending the last week of February vacationing in the Kingdom of Morocco. It was the first time I had ever set foot on the African continent, but it was the second visit … Continue reading

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