Monthly Archives: November 2015

A terribly sad weekend

We were headed to bed fairly late on Friday, November 13, when my wife Jan decided to head upstairs to the computer and take a final look at the news online. And that’s when we learned about the horrors — … Continue reading

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Breaking the Beynac bottleneck

Beynac is one of the most historic and interesting villages in the Greater Daglan Area, or GDA. It’s home to the imposing Château de Beynac, a castle once occupied by none other than Richard Cœur de Lion, or Richard the … Continue reading

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An oh-so-leisurely Sunday lunch

A leisurely Sunday lunch with good friends, enjoying fine food, is both a treat and a tradition for us here in the Greater Daglan Area. However, I do make a distinction between plain-old leisurely and so-much-time-between-courses-that-you-could-learn-how-to-play-contract-bridge leisurely. Unfortunately, the latter … Continue reading


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France’s special flower

Yesterday (Sunday, November 1) was the holiday known as La Toussaint, or All Saints’ Day, and so chrysanthemums were everywhere. Okay, not everywhere — but certainly evident in cemeteries throughout the Greater Daglan Area. Why, you might ask? To explain, … Continue reading

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