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You (almost) can’t get there from here

One of the joys of living in the Greater Daglan Area is our remoteness, which means that life here is slower-paced, quieter and relaxed. (Okay, except for the peak tourist season of July and August.) But the remoteness becomes problematic … Continue reading

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Macaron Daze in Paris

Several weeks before our recent trip to Paris, I had a sudden brainwave: Since daughter Anne loves cakes and pastries so much, why don’t we all take a baking class while we’re in the capital of pâtisserie? (I’ll admit that … Continue reading

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A trip to wine country — for seafood

Yesterday’s journey shaped up quickly. My wife Jan started it by noting that we had no plans for Sunday, and suggesting that we should go for a long drive. Okay, but where? How about St. Émilion, one of France’s most … Continue reading

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Bastille Day, Paris: morning, noon and night

This past Sunday, July 14, all of Paris celebrated Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, and we were there. Not always in exactly the right spot, mind you, but there. After our somewhat disappointing dinner at the Michelin-starred Shang Palace on … Continue reading

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Our long day’s journey into night

Our plans for the past weekend had been settled, and seemed quite good. The starting point was to be an early train on Saturday morning from Gourdon (30 minutes from our village of Daglan) to Paris (a large city in … Continue reading

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Experiencing “le pont” in full swing

For some reason, I’d never fully experienced the French tradition of “making the bridge,” or faire le pont. I knew what it was, of course, but somehow had never really felt its full effect. Until today, that is. When the … Continue reading

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Back in the GDA, again!

Yes, there’s been a long period of silence here at Radio Free Daglan, with my last entry (“Shutting down a French village”) posted way back on January 20.  One loyal reader in England even sent an email to ask: “Has … Continue reading

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