Words

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Sep 122014
 
Words

The biggest advantages of being in countries where the language is Latin-based, e.g. France, is that the alphabet is essentially the same. Except for a few (yet essential) accent marks it is generally simple to look up a word or phrase in a dictionary and derive the meaning. We couldn’t do that in China. Yet,

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Lemonade

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Sep 082014
 
Lemonade

Quand la vie vous donne des citrons, faites-en de la limonade! Bécherel, Brittany’s booktown, with 750 residents, one bakery and 15 booksellers was the destination of our Sunday adventure. The locally famous book fair was being held and it was sure to be an interesting metro and bus trip out to this small village; in

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The Slow Life

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Sep 072014
 
The Slow Life

Our daily life moves in slow motion for me. I laze in bed each morning with a cup of coffee, reading e-news, checking posts from friends via email and FB. Long walks every day, daylight lasting much later into the evenings, and window shutters that provide total blackout in the apartment, all contribute to later

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The French Twist

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Sep 032014
 
The French Twist

Not the hairstyle, but in this case the way that a pâtisserie or boulangerie will twist the ends of the small bag that contains another French twist, the croissant. A fresh croissant is a buttery flaky pastry, light and airy and so good with local confiture de fraises or strawberry jam. I have never actually

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Aug 312014
 
To Market We Will Go

To market, to market, to buy a fresh bun, Home again, home again, market is done.” I hope you don’t mind if I write a bit more about food. The markets are spectacular, with such variety of color, texture and aroma. But making an actual purchase can be a bit daunting. For instance, in French,

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Settling In

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Aug 262014
 
Settling In

It’s been a long time since Chris and I set up household in a new place. How quickly one forgets all the little details, and working in a different language adds a whole new dimension. Last week we set up our mailbox; this was pretty simple as no language or bureaucracy was involved. Chris tried

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Aug 232014
 
A Delightfully  Cacophonous Plethora of Food.

Although “cacophonous” and “plethora” are considered somewhat pejorative terms, teaming them up with “delightfully” truly makes the description adequate. Rennes Saturday market is the second largest in France, with over 300 producers with their stands. There is food everywhere. There are people everywhere. It is gastronomic overload! It was great. Enjoy the photos.

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