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Tasting? There’s More!

August 19th, 2017 · No Comments · France

A few weeks ago we wrote about an open house at a local winery. It was a fine affair, with friendly workers and a food truck and cart rides through the vineyards. There was another one today, even more local to us than the other — just at the end of our road, a five-minute […]

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Paella Night (!) at the Fete du Village

August 6th, 2017 · No Comments · France

Little towns in the south of France have more spirit and energy than unwitting visitors might expect. Especially if the visitors happened into a village in the winter. Ah, but the summer … A different story.

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French Vacations: Conformity and Jammed Roads

July 20th, 2017 · No Comments · France, tourism, Travel

This is odd. When the French take vacations, they nearly always take them in late July and August, and they overwhelmingly take them in their own country. Which means those of us in the south of the country, where the dependable sun is, can expect a major influx of visitors from the north choking the […]

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The Local Winery’s Open House

July 12th, 2017 · No Comments · France, Travel

This is the sort of thing that boggles the minds of Californians. Well, actually, just about anyone from America, the land of mediocre $30 bottles of wine, as well as tasting sessions that offer five tiny pours for $15-to-$25. Imagine a local winery that lets visitors taste as many as seven wines. Less than a […]

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Summer in the French Countryside: A Real Buzz

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments · France

Cicadas are not just a Midwest U.S. thing. They are common around the world, and we can vouch for their presence, in large numbers, in the south of France. How do we know they are here? Because these particular insects make a heck of a racket, and we have been hearing it day after day […]

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Tornado in South of France? Blow Me Down!

June 28th, 2017 · No Comments · France

We like to think weather can never be severe, here in the Languedoc, in the south of France. That mindset took a hit tonight. A strong storm blew through the area, and five mature plane trees were snapped like matchsticks by powerful winds in the nearest “big” town to us. Some local anglophones were talking […]

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Taking the Ikea Test

June 17th, 2017 · No Comments · France

Ikea exists to test me. The Swedish masters of flat-pack furniture seem to have been designated by the universe to ask hard questions of me. “We know you are not a home-improvement guy. Not mechanical at all. Ignorant of electrical workings. Not to be trusted with anything plumbing-oriented, aside from (perhaps) a plunger. “But can […]

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Not All Awful Mugshots Are Taken in Police Stations

May 31st, 2017 · No Comments · France, Golf

No one looks good in the “booking” mugshot. Well, except for this guy. The booking photo taken at the police station is the one you do not want anyone to see. As Tiger Woods can attest to, this week, after his arrest for “driving under the influence”, in Florida. It looks like he is having […]

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U.S. Soccer and an Age-Group Success?

May 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Fifa, Football, France, Italy, London 2012, Rio Olympics, soccer, Spain, UAE

In 1999, a U.S. team led by Landon Donovan got to the semifinals of the Fifa Under 17 Championship, in New Zealand. The young Americans played Australia to a 2-2 draw but lost the shootout 7-6 when Kenny Cutler missed his penalty and Oz’s Joshua Kennedy converted. Brazil won the tournament and the Yanks finished […]

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The Cattle Egret and Other Freaks of Nature

May 24th, 2017 · No Comments · France

What we do not know about the natural world around us is an extensive body of information. Quite. In the past decade, for the first time in human history more people live in urban than in rural areas, according to the UN. And we City Kids often don’t know what to make of our surroundings […]

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