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French and Some of Its Accents

December 19th, 2018 · 1 Comment · France

Most of us, we learn a bit of another language, and we somehow assume that the words are understood anywhere that primary language is spoken. In fact, every global language has numerous versions of what might be described as “proper” or “correct” language. Some of which might well be mocked by others who prefer their […]

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A Delayed Glimpse of Friday Night Lights

November 23rd, 2018 · 2 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, France, Sports Journalism

In 30 prep football seasons, through 2007, I reported on … I’m going to make an educated guess and say … 300 games. In the 11 seasons that followed, I reported on … zero prep football games. Not because I lost interest in the high school games, but because I was out of the business […]

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A Celebration 100 Years in the Making

November 11th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, World War I came to an end. That is, the long and bloody war ended at 11 a.m. on November 11. One hundred years later, France celebrated its century-old victory over Germany by instructing all churches to ring their bells for […]

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The Great War: France Will Not Forget

November 10th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Germany

In the photo on the left, a young mustachioed French soldier from a century ago is dressed in his parade best as he stares coolly at the camera. His left hand is behind his back and his right rests on a table, near his red kepi and what might be a bayonet. It is the […]

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Taking French Halloween Inside

November 1st, 2018 · No Comments · France

This is Year 3 of living in a small town in the south of France. Our first October here, a local resident assured us that Halloween is not a “thing” in this part of the country. Further north in France, but not here. Not really. “Not part of our culture.” And then at least 20 […]

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Big France: Visiting the Loire River Valley

September 27th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

France is the biggest country in western Europe, in terms of area, which is nothing to sneeze at, considering it is nearly as big as Texas. A person can visit here many times, or live here for a year or two, without getting around to setting foot in even half the country’s wide array of […]

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A Small Town Celebrates Its Roots

September 15th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Languedoc, tourism, Uncategorized

The bells rang on the hour, as they always do, here in “our” French village. And then a few minutes later the bells at the 300-year-old church rang out again, and this was a gusher of clanging and banging that could mean only one thing at 4 p.m. on a Saturday: A wedding! And the […]

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Harvest Time for the Rural Expanse of France

August 29th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

(Photo credit: Domaine de Arjolle¬†) When most of the planet’s people hear “France” they think “Paris”. Certainly that is the case for Americans.¬† And I don’t see why it would not be true across the spectrum of humanity. France and Paris, Paris and France … a duo. But only about one-sixth of French people — […]

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Our Long, Long Soccer Nightmare Is Over

August 10th, 2018 · 1 Comment · English Premier League, Football, France, soccer, World Cup

What are we? The proverbial “red-headed stepchildren”? We just went 26 days without an elite soccer game being played anywhere in the world. It was on July 15 that France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 World Cup. And then planet soccer went cold turkey. None of the big European leagues in action. No […]

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‘Cooking’ in France: 100 Degrees Fahrenheit

August 4th, 2018 · No Comments · France

The French call weather like this the canicule — which pretty literally means the “dog days” of summer. But this round of heat packs a particularly nasty bite. France, like much of Europe, is going through what may be the hottest summer on record. The nearest big city to where we live is Montpellier, and […]

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