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Our Brainless Brush with Covid-19

May 24th, 2020 · No Comments · coronavirus, France, Quarantine, Wine

At the time, we thought we were going to be fine. It was March 5, and the Covid-19 coronavirus was spreading in France, but it wasn’t where it was going to be in a few weeks. No reports of cases in the neighborhood. So we did something Just Plain Stupid. We attended a catered dinner […]

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France, and 55 Days and Nights of Confinement

May 16th, 2020 · No Comments · France, Quarantine, soccer, Sports

Maybe it’s me. But I didn’t find 55 days of government-ordered Covid-19 quarantine, in our home in France, to be all that bad.

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Languedoc Wines: Big Values at Small Cost

March 9th, 2020 · 2 Comments · France, Languedoc, Wine

A reader asked for information about the experience of finding and consuming the often-quite economical wines of the Languedoc region of southern France. In theory, I should be an expert, after four-plus years based among the rolling hills and vineyards in this part of Occitanie, but that would be an error. I like wine well […]

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In Full Flight: Escaping France as Population Takes to the Streets

December 5th, 2019 · No Comments · France, Paris

Of all the dreamy ideals France and Paris elicit among visitors or expatriates, one joker in the deck often goes overlooked: The French predilection for taking to the streets in protest whenever they are unhappy with their government. And, just now, they are plenty unhappy with the regime of Emmanuel Macron, the country’s president. To […]

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Holiday Turkey and Some Brazen Breast Augmentation

November 28th, 2019 · No Comments · France

For the fourth year running we hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in our little town in the south of France. We expanded the invitation list by two people to take it to 10, counting the hosts, and it went off pretty well. Well, it kinda had to be memorable, given that we had a turkey with […]

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Tourists and Anarchists Share Precarious Paris

November 16th, 2019 · No Comments · France, Paris

If Paris has seemed like a weekend battle zone for the past year … well, it often has been. It was 52 weeks ago that a grass-roots movement erupted across many areas of France, and especially in Paris, that led to arrests, injuries and plenty of destruction, most of it aimed at police and property. […]

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Ah, OCD and Another Rock Kicker!

November 11th, 2019 · No Comments · Baseball, France, Sports

And there I was, thinking maybe I was the only person in France who made it a habit to kick rocks off roads. A week or two ago, as we approached one of the entrances to the local “big” city, I looked to my left, and a woman, wearing pants, maybe 45, kicked a rock […]

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Learning French: Don’t Try It This Way

September 19th, 2019 · 2 Comments · France

“Je suis Americain!” That was all the French the Red Buttons character knew, in the sprawling D-Day classic movie “The Longest Day” — and he repeated it to himself like a mantra as he and his fellow paratroopers were flown to Normandy on June 6, 1944. “Je suis Americain.” (I am American.) So the French […]

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Note to Self: Dry Southern France Can Burn, Too

September 6th, 2019 · No Comments · France

It was about 1.30 p.m. when the fire equipment began arriving. As I try to reconstruct it, it began with a siren that we attributed to a health emergency in our little town among the hills. But it was not a lone rescue vehicle. Another came behind it, heralded by the sing-song European sirens. Then […]

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France and Its Summer Vacations

August 19th, 2019 · No Comments · France, Languedoc, tourism, Travel

If you are reading this in the U.S., brace yourself. In France, all employees get five weeks of paid vacation per year. Five weeks. More than a month. And that does not include one-day public holidays, which can reach double digits in a given year. We know about France and its summer vacations because we […]

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