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May Flowers in the Country

Last time, I took you on a tour of my garden in May. I thought you might like to see the wild flowers in the surrounding countryside as well. Here are the photos I took last Friday when we cycled along the … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – je me débrouille

“Je me débrouille” is one of Jean Michel’s most oft-used expressions. The verb brouiller comes from the Gallo-Roman brodiculare which is turn comes from the verb brodigar in the Italian dialect of Bergamo (a lovely city, what’s more) meaning to sully or … Continue reading

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Getting to Granada and First Impressions

We leave Blois at 10 am on Saturday to drive to Orly Airport where we’re leaving the car in a somewhat suspicious-looking long-term parking lot near for the airport for 70 euros. If the car’s still there on our return, … Continue reading

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Château de Chaumont in Winter

I’m off to visit Château de Chaumont with Black Cat and the Flying Dutchman. I suggest we park along the Loire and take the front entrance to the castle. Not a good idea. It’s closed so we have to walk … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – poêle, poeliste, fumiste, fumisterie

I would just like to point out straight away that poeliste is not a real word but it amused my Solognot neighbour Alain no end. We are thinking of putting a wood-burning stove in our downstairs living room (as I … Continue reading

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Lunch with Learners

Our party of four arrives just before noon in front of the local hospitality high school. It’s important to be on time because class goes back at 1.30 pm. We enter the building and can see the students through the … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – déménager, déménagement, ménager

Lundi on déménage ! For some reason, it sounds more specific in French than the English “We’re moving on Monday !” I guess it’s because “move” can be used to mean so many different things but déménager always means moving house (or office or … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – taxi, fiacre, taxis de la Marne

I’m very excited because yesterday, I discovered the origin of the word taxi! And it’s Parisian. Who would have imagined that? I learnt about it while taking some Australian friends on a walking tour that included the oldest houses in Paris. … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #4 – Koblenz where the Moselle meets the Rhine

We’re off to a late but chilly start today. After we leave the car a few kilometers out of Koblenz to avoid the usual large town parking problems, we both put on our windcheaters and don’t take them off for … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #2 – Rhine from St Goar to Lorch

We’ve cycled along the Rhine on two previous occasions – on our way back from Croatia when we visited the Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein, both very memorable experiences – and last year after cycling along the Danube, when we … Continue reading

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