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Course Camarguaise, Bullfighting I Can Get Behind

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Course Camarguaise, Bullfighting I Can Get Behind

I'm on my way back to the US of A after a great time with friends and family in the homeland. I've posted a few photos of my trip on Flickr already, and a digest on Tumblr, but time permitted I'll post pictures and the corresponding cultural tidbits here in the next few weeks. I like to show a different side of France on this blog now and then, and if all else fails you get to learn new jokes ... Continue Reading

French Food for Thought

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:11 am

French Food for Thought

This series of virtual postcards from France wouldn't be complete without talking about food. I indulged. I indulged a lot. When US Airways mentioned a weight surcharge on my way back I didn't really suspect my suitcase first. Hundreds, thousands of books have been written about French Cuisine, I'm certainly not an expert, far from it, and I don't cook much. With that out of the way, here are a few food products I had a chance to try during ... Continue Reading

The Four Corners of the Hexagon

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:44 am

The Four Corners of the Hexagon

I really love the vast, sprawling spaces in the USA, but there is something quite convenient about the density of Western Europe. I started my journey in Paris and a few hours later I was freezing at the bottom of the French Alps. I hopped on a train after Christmas and joined my mother in southern France that same afternoon. A few oddly-shaped castles later I settled down in Uzès, a small village in the same region, where I stayed ... Continue Reading

The Princess Is in Another Chateau

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:03 am

The Princess Is in Another Chateau

If we were to ever run out of wine in France, we might as well export castles by the wheelbarrow. It's no secret that there is an obscene number of châteaux in this country. Do you stop noticing after a while? I won't tell, but let me remedy this situation by shedding some light on two castles I bumped into last week, the Château de Portes and the Château d'Allègre. Both citadels are located in the Gard département in southern ... Continue Reading

Chamonix by Day

Posted on January 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Chamonix by Day

Welcome to 2011! How are the resolutions working out? I won't complain much, I'm still on vacation in France for a few more days. In this series of posts I started last week, I intend on sharing pictures of France in winter, not the most well-known side of my country. Lots of variation in Frenchland, you see. I honestly favor June but every 3 years or so I do have to face a pilgrimage for Christmas, to replenish with ... Continue Reading

Chamonix by Night

Posted on December 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Chamonix by Night

Happy New Year folks! I'm on vacation in France for a couple of weeks, visiting my people. If you are wondering what my homeland looks like in the cold of winter, read on and stay tuned for a few more posts next week. Let's start with pictures of Chamonix by night. Chamonix is a commune in Narnia the Haute-Savoie département in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics; ... Continue Reading