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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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Circuses Still Make the Rounds in France

May 7th, 2019 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

In the United States, a traveling circus is a historical curiosity. The age of the portable “big tops”, which came into U.S. cities and towns, usually by train, often announcing their presence by parading down Main Street … that age is so last millennium. It was two years ago that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum […]

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Spending a Fun Friday Night with the Local Soccer Club

March 17th, 2019 · No Comments · Football, France, Languedoc, Paris, soccer

Living in western Europe, the assumption by most Americans, including this one, is that professional soccer teams must not be far from any point on the maps of England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. That assumption would be wrong. Where we live, in the Occitanie region (previously known as the Languedoc) of southern France, plenty […]

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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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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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Missing Out on Snowmen, Back in France

February 28th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

We are in Southern California, where the weather has been a bit raw. It snowed a bit in the mountains. Yikes! But nothing like it has been back in the south of France. Where we live has been getting inches (inches!) of snow. This does not happen there. Certainly not to the extent we have […]

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Machines and the Grape Harvest

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

It is time for the grape harvest, in the south of France. The summer has been fairly warm, and the grapes are ready to go — about a month sooner than they were a year ago. This is a big annual event in the Languedoc and surrounding regions, which produce a third of France’s win. […]

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Frost on Vines a Disaster, Here in Rural France

April 30th, 2017 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

Sometimes we forget that this part of France is not just thinly populated … it is rural. It is farmland. Vines, mostly, acres and acres of them, in every direction. Towns are small and grew up here as places to support working in the vines. In our town, population 600, many of the garages we […]

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