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Sunny, Not Warm in the South of France

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

We expect some chilly weather here, given that we are further north than 90 percent of the continental U.S. But this batch of weather has been the coldest we have seen in more than a year in the south of France. Tonight? A low of 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, below freezing. Tomorrow night? A forecast […]

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Christmas Eve in the South of France

December 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Languedoc

I like to attend Christmas Eve services. Preferably of the “candlelight” variety. I have attended one every December 24 since I was 13 — aside from one year in Long Beach when we got the starting time of a service wrong and arrived just as everyone was leaving. Options for church-going in this part of […]

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‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ … in the South of France

December 11th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Languedoc

Another Christmas season overseas, another British-themed Christmas service, my seventh in eight years. We have done enough of these now that I even know the music to “Once in Royal David’s City”, which apparently starts every British Christmas service — at least among Protestants. In Abu Dhabi, the Anglican events tended to follow the regular […]

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Mayor Plans Doggy DNA Check to Punish Soiling

December 1st, 2016 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

This is one of those things that seems unworkable and maybe a bit crazy … right until you step in a pile of poo left behind by someone’s dog. The mayor of Beziers, the biggest city in this part of the Languedoc, wants to collect DNA samples from the city’s dogs. Why?

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Thanksgiving in the South of France

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Languedoc, Paris

We now have added the Languedoc to places in the world where we have had Thanksgiving dinner. That ends a period of five years out of seven when we celebrated Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi. The exceptions were … when we spent it in Paris (inviting some people over to where we were staying) and when […]

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Going Green in the Vineyards of Southern France

November 19th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

Hunting season in France seems to last forever. Which I would not have a particular problem with … if hunters were not beating the bushes for animals only a few hundred yards from villages, here in the Languedoc. When we first arrived in the south of France, early this year, I noticed that many people […]

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The South of France and Weather Wimps

July 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Languedoc

We expected “warm” in southern France. We did not expect “hot”. We thought we had left behind “hot”, back in Abu Dhabi. And in a sense we did. No highs of 118 Fahrenheit with high humidity, here in the Languedoc. However, perceptions of heat are impacted by considerations we had not necessarily considered. To wit:

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What Entertainment-Starved Expats Do on a Wednesday Night in the Languedoc

June 8th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Languedoc, Travel

It was a teeny bit like the Retired Anglophones French Chateau Languedocienne Woodstock. Music, alcohol, cars parked on every spot not previously occupied by a vine … essentially a farm with no neighbors to complain about the noise … and lots and of gray-white-and-blue hair. It was quite the success as hundreds of people seemed […]

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Happy to Have UAE Summers in Our Rearview Mirror

May 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Languedoc, UAE

Abu Dhabi hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time this year, on Friday last. April 29, that is, as reported in The National. And the seemingly eternal summer of the Persian Gulf is under way. And how do we feel about that?

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Spring Has Sprung in the South of France

April 11th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

  It seems only a few weeks ago that the Languedoc was mostly brown. A fecund brown, it looked, but one paused while it waited for more light and warmth. The thousands and thousands of vines were still dormant, in their rows and rows, earthy furrows dug out between many of them. Naked and slumbering […]

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