Category Archives: France

Cahors: Medieval City on the Lot

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It was a spur of the moment kind of decision. Should we drive to Cahors today? A sleepy town on the Lot River about an hour south of our Airbnb in Beynac, Cahors is another place deeply embedded in our mutual memories of the summer of 1979. We remembered a long, hot, arduous bike ride of fifty hilly miles or… Read more »

Loving Lorraine

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Having traveled the length and breadth of France for over fifty years, there are few spots we don’t know and love. There was a gap, however. In 1972 we did drive through Lorraine in our blundering, naive, twenty-two year old fashion, but we had not returned. When a friend told us about a trip to Verdun and along the Moselle… Read more »

Au revoir Paris! A la prochaine

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What do we like to do in Paris? Eat, drink and walk. And walk. And walk, We arrived in Paris on Friday evening and by Tuesday evening we had walked 40.4 miles and climbed over 100 flights of stairs! That is what comes of staying near enough to Montmartre to making walking up feasible, and also from having friends who… Read more »

Sous le ciel de Paris

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Hearts full of memories and longing, we headed to St Pancras Station in London to climb aboard the Eurostar to the Gare du Nord, Paris. Customs was efficient , vaccination cards required, and one Guiness and one glass of white wine in hand, we boarded our train. Despite a delay once we re-emerged from under the English Channel (une fatalité… Read more »

A la recherche du temps perdu

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Like so many others, our plans for travel in 2020 were thrown into disarray. It hardly seems right to complain, since so many people have suffered real pain and loss, whereas our only pain is that of gentle sorrow. And yet, I find myself wistful. This year we were at long last to lead our son, his wife and their… Read more »

The big, big European Road Trip of 2017

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I have struggled with writing about such a big experience in the normal blog format. Too many photos, too many places! But I came across this travel journaling app called Polar Steps and I think it does what I need. I was not happy with the way it posts directly to Facebook but I’m pretty pleased with the embed link… Read more »

Joyeux Noël!

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Every Christmas since nineteen-seventy something I have made at least one bûche de Noel. This year possibly three. Or four. And since a few years ago I made a how-to slide presentation I thought I’d just make it available to my friends

Drama in Dijon

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The last time we were in Dijon was in 1979! Since then, we have often read what a great place it is, and seriously considered it for a longterm stay. Problem is we are such gypsies, and when it came down to it we couldn’t see ourselves staying anywhere for too long! We are beginning to reconsider now that we… Read more »