Monthly Archives: April 2012

Coup de coeur – my French house

This month, my guest post on MyFrenchLife, the Australian-based online magazine & global community of French & francophiles, tells how I fell in love with my beautiful Renaissance house in the Loire Valley and takes you on a tour. Coup de coeur they say in French. … Continue reading

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The Bird Bath

The previous owners of Closerie Falaiseau were very keen on birds. When they handed over the keys to the house, they explained how to feed them and left us enough feed to go on with for a week or so, … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Travel Photos – Dubrovnik

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Voting for a New President

As I explained in Battling with French Administration, I have only  started voting relatively recently and this is only my second French presidential election. The first time, we were here for both rounds. Of course, it would be much easier … Continue reading

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I’ve Joined the Kindle Community!

I’ve always been a ferocious reader. I had the great fortune to have a father who let me read absolutely anything I wanted from both his own library and the town library (he had to sign a paper saying that … Continue reading

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Bruce McAleer, Bike Tour Guide – Travelling to Provence – Crossing the Berlin Wall

This Wednesday’s features from other people’s blogs. Thanks to Judy McMahon from MyFrenchLife, a global community of French and francophiles connecting like-minded people in English & French, for her profile of Bruce McAleer, Vicki Archer, an Australia writer who lives between London … Continue reading

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The Eternal Dilemma of What to Pack

Let’s face it. No matter what you do, you’ll never look like a local. It takes years of living in a country to blend in with the masses, and even then, your hairstyle or the way you walk or wear … Continue reading

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Birthday Lunch at Carre des Feuillants

Every year on my birthday, Relationnel takes me to a surprise venue.  In 2010, it was La Cascade in the Bois de Boulogne and last year it was the Ritz, no less! It was a perfect spring day and we … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Travel Photos – Mostar – Bosnia Herzegovina

I described our visit to Mostar in Part 4 of My Croatian Itinerary series. It was a terribly hot murky day and it felt as though we had reached the end of the earth, but the little cobbled street leading … Continue reading

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Adjusting to Living in Two Houses

Well, so far, I’m not doing so well! Relationnel came back to Paris on Sunday night by car and I followed by bus and train on Monday afternoon because I had to wait for the EDF man to increase the … Continue reading

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