Category Archives: Travels in and out of France

Camper madness, and a dish du jour

One of the stranger summer phenomena around the Greater Daglan Area is the sudden appearance of groups of travellers — people who move from place to place, somehow connected to each other, driving camper vans and cars with trailers. They … Continue reading

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Daglan’s near-normal July

In summers, the British typically are among the most numerous of visitors to the Greater Daglan Area. But not this year. Because of various travel restrictions, it has been virtually impossible for the British to visit France — including a … Continue reading

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Sunshine (and smiles) on a Greek island

In a recent posting, describing our dinner at the classic Parisian brasserie La Coupole, I mentioned in passing that my wife Jan and I had left Daglan for a short vacation on the island of Crete. Now, here’s a look … Continue reading

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Our quiet (and lovely) retreat

Daglan’s annual Fête de la Saint-Louis took place this past weekend. And that explains why my wife Jan and I escaped the village — well, the loud, late-night music from the nearby bumper car ride — for three nights. Our … Continue reading

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Food galore (and a bit of fun)

Our guilty pleasure during today’s Salon de la Gastronomie had nothing to do with the food and goodies on offer. It was all about seeing drivers getting stuck in our little street, and then watching them try to solve their … Continue reading

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Our heavy hearts…

At this point, there is little I can add to the story of Monday’s terrible fire at Notre Dame de Paris, because the news coverage has been so intense and the feelings of so many people around the world — … Continue reading

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A trip to France’s (seriously south) South

If you’re asked to locate “the south of France,” you probably would say either “Provence” or “the French Riviera, as far east as the Italian border.” If you’re asked about southwest France (where Daglan is located), you might say “south … Continue reading

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Tranquillity Base: A lunch in Paris

Several years ago, on one of our periodic visits to Paris, my wife Jan and I happened upon an elegant old hotel, tucked away behind some arches along one side of the Place des Vosges, which is located in the … Continue reading

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My vote for Best Tourist Attraction

We are now well into autumn in the Greater Daglan Area — days are cooler;  shops, campgrounds and restaurants are closing for the season; traffic is lighter; and tourists are increasingly rare. Tree leaves have turned from green to golden … Continue reading

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Lessons from Canada (for French wineries!)

Do you think that French wine makers would be interested in learning anything from Canadian wineries? Sure, as soon as the Donald gives up his Twitter account, and pigs learn to fly. But it’s worth a try, so here’s a … Continue reading

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