Tag Archives: cycling

A small village, thinking big

The days are getting pretty toasty, and so it’s time for Daglan to start preparing for its annual Fête de la Saint Louis, which I have taken to calling The Festival of Heat and Noise. The four-day extravaganza takes place … Continue reading

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Wanna run a tea room?

Ever thought about owning and running a tea room? Or something like one? In a beautiful French village? Now’s your chance. Judith Thomason, who established and now runs the successful tea room Le Thé Vert here in Daglan, has let it … Continue reading

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Seasonal update, surgical interlude

Having nearly exhausted myself (blog-wise) by writing about our recent trip to Spain — including a four-part series on the world’s No. 1 restaurant — I will now calm down, update you on how things are going in the Greater … Continue reading

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No stars in sight — but that’s okay, M. Croque

Occasional readers of Radio Free Daglan may well  believe that my wife Jan and I eat exclusively at Michelin-starred restaurants. But that’s absolutely false! Why, just three years ago, Jan and I had lunch in a restaurant that was barely … Continue reading

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And so it begins (with a brunch)

May 1 is the traditional opening day for Le Thé Vert in Daglan, and that’s about as close as we get to an official start of The Season. From now until the first of October, our village will be packed … Continue reading

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Thunder! Lightning! Tour de France!

No, you probably didn’t spot us on the televised coverage of yesterday’s Stage 19 of the 2014 Tour de France. But there we were, huddled under umbrellas in pouring rain, listening to the rumbles of thunder, hoping that a lightning … Continue reading

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A village re-opens for business

I’ve written several times about the closure of the charming village of La Roque-Gageac, a favourite destination for tourists in the Greater Daglan Area, and the home to some of the Dordogne River Valley’s most impressive traffic jams. But at … Continue reading

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The bikes are back

Serious cyclists in the Greater Daglan Area are on their bikes all winter long. And now that our weather has improved and given us an early spring, there are lots more cyclists on the road. But yesterday we saw a … Continue reading

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The circus comes to town (sort of)

Small travelling circuses are a regular feature of summer life in villages throughout the Greater Daglan Area. They move in trailers and trucks from place to place, usually performing just one or two shows, and then packing away the tents … Continue reading

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Walnuts — You’re going down!

Walnuts are one of the major crops in the Greater Daglan Area, and a tasty treat they are. If you’ve been wondering how this year’s walnut harvest has been going, don’t fret. It’s going very well, and very quickly to … Continue reading

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