Monthly Archives: December 2016

Our (Michelin) starred Christmas

Today the latest issue of Paris Match arrived in our mailbox, with an article on world-famous Chef Alain Ducasse preparing a “Dîner Grand Siècle à Versailles.” Leafing through the food photos, I said to my wife Jan that I didn’t … Continue reading


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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!

Our village seems to be making good progress in putting up Christmas trees that we can be proud of. And it’s about time. There was a period when it seemed like our village council was desperately trying to win the … Continue reading

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A few last glimpses of Autumn 2016

As this week’s header photo shows (see above, if you’re unclear about “header photo”), there’s a chill in the air now. Each morning my wife Jan and I need to spend a few minutes scraping frost off the windows of … Continue reading

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Our last Thai meal — for the year, that is

This is becoming an annual event — my wife Jan and I enjoy a delicious meal in early December at Sawadee, the Thai restaurant in nearby Cénac, and then I write a blog posting about the last such meal of … Continue reading

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The Mayor’s new office (at last)

In writing this post, I realize I am automatically disqualifying myself from the contest for “Best Blogger for Fast Coverage of Breaking News.” That’s because I’m writing about a project that dragged on for much of the year, culminating in a … Continue reading

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