Category Archives: History in France

Highlights: a special Bastille Day, and more

A surfeit of socializing (how about that phrase?) has kept me away from toiling in the Blogosphere, so this will be a quick report on a few activities from the past weekend, starting with a special event at a village … Continue reading

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Catching up with Tuesday (V-E Day)

This past Tuesday was the 8th of May, celebrated in France as the Fête de la Victoire, which is the anniversary of the end of World War II, at least in Europe. Because my wife Jan and I have been … Continue reading

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Burning Man, the 2018 edition

On Tuesday of this past week (March 20), I was away from the village for most of the morning, but Radio Free Daglan’s Chief Staff Photographer — my wife, Jan — was not only at home, but on the ball. … Continue reading

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A ‘perfect’ day for our November 11 ceremony

We were  gathering at Daglan’s war memorial this morning, as 11 a.m. approached, and I said to one of our neighbours: “A perfect day for this, I think.” Just then, the sun peeked through the clouds a bit and my … Continue reading

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D-Day: A look back 73 years, and three years

Today’s posting is a remembrance, because June 6, 2017 is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy, getting “boots on the ground” to begin the final defeat of Hitler’s Nazi forces. Almost three years … Continue reading

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A dedication ceremony, in photos

As I wrote on Saturday, March 18, Daglan was to hold a ceremony on Sunday (March 19) to dedicate a peace monument. Here’s what I wrote: … taking place tomorrow, at the side of the village church, will be the inauguration … Continue reading

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V-E Day 2015: Damp but dignified

We’ve been having a bit of stormy weather. This morning, a rain-with-lightning storm woke us up before dawn, including a particularly vicious clap of thunder at almost exactly 6 a.m., seemingly right over our house. This did not bode well … Continue reading

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