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You’re never too old for an adventure in France!

I was approaching seventy (gingerly, feet dragging, denying, denying) when I decided to move from California where I’d been living to a French village. Alone. …

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Chartres | A monumental Cathedral and much more

Just 50 miles southwest of Paris, you will discover the small sleepy town of Chartres. Many know of this lovely town because of its world …

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Ochre tour in Bruoux, Roussillon, Provence

What has 40 kilometers of underground corridors, with orange walls, and used to grow mushrooms? If you guessed the ochre mines of Bruoux, you win! …

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Through French Canals | Cruising the Rhône

France is criss-crossed by a network of 100 canals and rivers totalling thousands of miles. David Jefferson’s book Through the French Canals  features the main …

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The world’s biggest automobile museum

Imagine racing along a track in a Formula 1 Ferrari, a sleek, powerful racing machine, taking the lead from a dozen other drivers, all with …

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The practical art of the Louvre Pyramid

The pyramids of ancient Egypt were a practical solution to an important post-mortem problem. That is to say, how could the transition from pharaonic mortal …

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Monet’s Garden in the spring

Meteorologists say that Spring starts on March 1st, whilst many gardeners and those who follow the astrological calendar will wait until the 21st to declare …

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What to see and do near Saint-Tropez

It’s tempting to write about St-Tropez’s glorious département, the Var, as a whole, but it has so many geographical elements, I’m devoting this to the …

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Cycling along the Canal de la Garonne

After taking the brand-new TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux (a great experience in itself) we picked up our rental car and drove to our …

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Manet’s art lesson in (almost) monochrome

The French artist, Edouard Manet, was an intriguing and paradoxical figure. He was handsome, utterly captivating and astonishingly talented. Yet he was also a person …

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