France – 2014

 

Posts about our time during 2014.

  • Leaving Montpellier

    27 December '14 - We have always said that our travels do not stem from a desire to leave someplace, but rather to go somewhere else. To us it is a significant difference. I ...
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away …

    17 December '14 -  Overcast, rainy and cold. We are pretty much over the colds we caught, me first, then Jeannie. But between the sniffles, the cold temperatures and the rain, our time outside ...
  • Arles

    16 December '14 - This post is from Montpellier, prior to the move to Lyon. The time-line is almost back to normal. November 19th started as one of the coldest mornings so far this autumn. ...
  • Fête des Lumières – Night 4

    09 December '14 - The final night of the Fête des Lumières is tonight, and we realize that we are tired. We have already walked over five miles going to lunch and visiting the ...
  • Fête des Lumières – Night 3

    08 December '14 - Lyon wasn’t really a destination for us when we began our planning. Coming here evolved out of several factors. We had originally planned to search out some warmer climes for ...
  • Fête des Lumières – Night 2

    07 December '14 - Together with our new friends Nicolas and Lucie (a great story that will have to wait til later), we returned to the Fête des Lumières. Though most of the images ...
  • Fête des Lumières – Night 1

    06 December '14 - Ok, we left Montpellier and have moved to Lyon. I haven’t written about all that, but I will. Often it’s necessary to alter the timeline for things that are exceptional, ...
  • A Special Visit – II

    02 December '14 - Our friends Rich and Patti drove to Montpellier from Barcelona, Spain to visit us. That meant they had a car. Originally, our plans were to possibly spend more time driving ...
  • The Story of Brioche Saint Nicolas

    28 November '14 - With apologies to Flat Stanley and Mister Bill. Click image below to view.     Read the full post here ...
  • A Little Night Photography

    26 November '14 - It has been overcast and chilly with some light rain over the last couple of days. One night there was a break, so I took off for a few shots ...
  • A Special Visit – I

    24 November '14 - Long-time friends from Florida visited us in Montpellier recently. We have known Rich and Patti for far longer than I want to calculate. At our last April Fool’s party (40th ...
  • Nîmes – The French Rome

    22 November '14 - When one is able to just get in to a car and go somewhere, travel without a car can seem difficult. For some destinations it is impossible. But there are ...
  • On the French

    19 November '14 - Whenever I talk with friends back in the USA about living in France, curiously people most frequently inquire if the French are rude and snobby. I always reply emphatically, no. Having ...
  • Adventure, Sophie, and Serendipity

    12 November '14 - Of all the wonderful things that we have experienced in France, it is the people that have made this such a magical journey. In spite of the fact that my language ...
  • Abbeys and Castles – The Road Less Traveled

    06 November '14 - As we took the roads out and away from Carcassonne, the massive fortress dominated the view behind us for quite a while. Even from a distance the towers could be ...
  • Abbeys and Castles – Lastours

    04 November '14 - Our morning walk through the Cité de Carcassonne was, once again, cold and windy. Though this time we were bundled, the temperature difference between being in the sunlight and being ...
  • Carcassonne – The Medieval Fortress

    03 November '14 - I was born and grew up in Florida, and just to the south of my birthplace is St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the continental United States. ...
  • Abbeys and Castles – I

    31 October '14 - Abbeys There are so many places that we would love to visit, and many we can get to via train, bus and foot. But there are many others that will require ...
  • Charlie’s Angels

    30 October '14 - OK, I am getting behind on my writing, not unlike when I was in graduate school. But the nice thing about my blog is that, well it’s mine and I ...
  • Béziers – The Canal du Midi and Massacres

    29 October '14 - Béziers is one of the oldest cities in France, dating from about 575 B.C. It was old when the Romans arrived. Its location made it a major east-west trade route ...
  • Returning to Montpellier

    28 October '14 - “The only thing constant in life is change” ― François de La Rochefoucauld Leaving Belgium on the train, the early morning view through our window was like looking into a landscape ...
  • Normandy – a Day Apart

    12 October '14 - We walked the route to the train station and back yesterday so we would know how long it would take. The tour we were taking to the D-Day beaches, or ...
  • Bayeux – I

    10 October '14 - It was a long day getting to Bayeux from Rennes. It was made longer because we were leaving a place where we had only started to get harmonized with the ...
  • Finistère-IV

    06 October '14 - Once again we woke to a foggy morning, but by the time we finished the fresh coffee with our breakfast, the fog had lifted and we had to say our ...
  • Finistère-III

    04 October '14 - Morning came with a fog that surrounded the trees and buildings in an ethereal haze. It made for a slightly later departure which allowed us to linger over our breakfast ...
  • Finistère-II

    02 October '14 - I left the window open a crack when we turned in. So as the morning light crept in to wake us there was a chill in the air. Not getting ...
  • Three Days in Finistère – I

    28 September '14 - As we close in on our final days in Rennes, we felt drawn to explore more of Brittany (French: Bretagne; and Breton: Breizh). Bordered by the English Channel to the ...
  • Tales of Two Days

    27 September '14 - Home Alone – Jeannie This weekend featured an air show outside of Rennes. Chris had been looking forward to it and we planned to attend on Sunday as it was to ...
  • A Setback at Mont Saint Michel

    20 September '14 - We’ve had a setback. Our travel to Mont Saint Michel was an uneventful one hour bus ride to Beauvoir, a small village near to the Mont. There was only minor ...
  • A Day in Fougères

    14 September '14 - Being here long-term and adapting to French culture doesn’t preclude our being tourists – far from it. It is obvious that we are foreigners as we practically run down ...
  • Words

    12 September '14 - 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 ...
  • Lemonade

    08 September '14 - 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 ...
  • The Slow Life

    07 September '14 - 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. ...
  • Smiles … and Giggles …

    05 September '14 - On a walk past an elementary school playground … (volume up and hit play >) Read the full post here ...
  • The French Twist

    03 September '14 - 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 ...
  • To Market We Will Go

    31 August '14 - 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 ...
  • North to Dinan

    29 August '14 - Life without a car has, so far, been easy. Local trips have logically been on foot, covering 5-8 miles (8-12km) per day. That doesn’t include any transport on the Rennes ...
  • Les Petites Choses – 2

    27 August '14 - Les petites choses = The small things Gardens – places of beauty and joy. Age merely modifies the frolicking. Read the full post here ...
  • Settling In

    26 August '14 - 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 ...
  • Les Petites Choses – 1

    25 August '14 - Les petites choses = The small things Jeannie’s sugar cube: (the clubs, spades, and diamonds are mine). Read the full post here ...
  • A Delightfully Cacophonous Plethora of Food.

    23 August '14 - 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 ...
  • On our own.

    22 August '14 - When we arrived in France we weren’t alone. I am not speaking in figurative terms, I know that all the good wishes of friends, family, and colleagues are with us ...
  • Routine.

    18 August '14 - Nothing has been routine for a long time. From the time we launched our lives into this sea of unknowns, things just haven’t been the same. Habits have been broken, ...
  • Once Again, Nous Sommes Arrivés

    17 August '14 - As transatlantic flights go, it was a good flight, long, with little sleep. The arrival in Paris was also uneventful. Well, let me rephrase that, as I don’t think that ...