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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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Cycling in Germany # 3 – Cochem to Zell on the Moselle

Compared with most of the cyclist we saw today – and we saw a lot of them -we are spring chickens! There are a lot of Dutch people and a lot of electric bikes. Considering most of the cycle paths … Continue reading

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Cycling in Germany #1 – Kobern Gondorf

We reached our destination – Kobern Gondorf on the Moselle near Koblenz at 4 pm and by 5 pm we were on our bikes ready for our first ride along the Moselle. First I’d like to explain how we operate. … Continue reading

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Weekly Blogger Round-Up – the Liebster Bloggers Award

This week’s blogger round-up is going to be a little different. Paula McInerney from Contented Traveller, whom I have featured several times in this blog, has nominated me for the Liebster Bloggers Award. It’s a little different from the other … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – déjeuner, jeûne and jeune

Breakfast and déjeuner both have the same origin. I don’t mean their Latin root, but their meaning. Jeûne = fast and dés = stop. But déjeuner doesn’t mean breakfast, it means lunch. Breakfast is petit déjeuner. On the days we practise … Continue reading

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