Author Archives: loren24250

Of matters great and small

On the “matters great” front, you have no doubt read about or heard about or seen on TV that France will be holding the first round of national elections tomorrow (Sunday). Here at home, some of us (my wife Jan … Continue reading

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Glycines galore

Spring has so thoroughly sprung in the Greater Daglan Area that it feels like we are in summer already. Every self-respecting plant, shrub and tree that is able to flower has either done so already, or is being seriously rebuked … Continue reading

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Our best meal. Ever. Really.

This posting, which describes what my wife Jan and I agreed at the time was the best meal we’d ever eaten, has been a long time coming. To blame were, in part, technical problems (my camera); in part other commitments (paid … Continue reading

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Food, glorious food (the best restaurants)

The latest  list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” has now been published, and here are my short comments on those that we — my wife Jan and I — have enjoyed. Ranking No. 3 worldwide this year was El … Continue reading

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Good-Bye to All That

His name was Scooter, but we often called him Scootie, or Scoots, or even the unlikely Scootifer. If I asked my wife Jan “Where did he go now?”, she knew who I meant. Scooter was from Toronto, but he travelled with … Continue reading

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Thrills (and possibly spills) in the hills

Most of us like our sidewalks, paths, streets, roads and highways to be smooth. But there is at least one group of riders who prefer their roads to be rocky: the cyclists who ride cross-country (with a lot of downhill … Continue reading

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Another seasonal first

Each March, it seems, we are delighted to find the first strawberries of the season showing up in stores and markets. And so it was yesterday, when we stopped at the (wonderful) Grand Frais food store in Bergerac. There they were … Continue reading

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