French Weddings

The streets and roads have been filled with honking cars and the night skies with fireworks lately.  No, it's not the World Cup or Tour de France: it's Wedding Season!  We were invited to the wedding of our neighbor's daughter last year, or should I say, part of the wedding.  Weddings here happen in many … Continue reading…

Pickling the Harvest, Foods I can’t find in France

One of the hardships those of us who live 'abroad' are assumed to endure is the lack of certain foods.  What those foods are and their relative importance depends on the person.  The most common 'missing' food is sour cream.  It's true that we cannot get sour cream in this primitive backwater but we can … Continue reading…

Carnac, Standing Stones & Vannes

We have been wanting to spend some time in Brittany forever, but, as it is so close, we never seem to get there.  Our last effort was foiled because the doggie-hotel that the girls like (It has heated floors in winter and a doggie swimming pool in summer) was full.  We finally threw caution to … Continue reading…

French Decorating

When we first talked about moving to France a friend warned us not to close the door when inside a room without taking careful note of positioning.  Since they wall paper everything, including the doors and ceilings one could be trapped forever, wandering the room, counting the flowers, looking for the door!  See bedroom at … Continue reading…

Le 14 Juillet, Bastille Day, and Summer Fruit Salad

Go directly to recipe Ten days after the Americans wave the Red, White and Blue to celebrate the 4th of July the French wave the Red, White and Blue to celebrate the 14th….14 juillet as it's known in France,  Bastille Day to the Brit's and Americans.  The two holidays celebrate the same ideal in much … Continue reading…

Keeping Up Appearances….or not

When we lived in the Midwest, we had a house with a security system and a chain link fence all around.  There was a gate to get into the drive and we had two big dogs.  The only people brave enough to open the gate and come onto the property without me or mon mari … Continue reading…

Traveling Like the Locals – in France…in Europe

Back in the days when both mon mari and I were gainfully employed we traveled with little regard to cost. Not that we stayed in $500.00 per night hotels, but we stayed in nice hotels, usually featuring good restaurants. Ah, the restaurants….that's where we spent our money: wonderful food and outrageously good wine!  Well, the … Continue reading…

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