European Vacation

European Vacation

My sister and her family decided to spend Spring Break in France this year. I was overjoyed to spend a little over a week with them on their vacation. Neal, however, opted out. For one thing, he has had his fill of travel over the past year, and we are getting ready... read more
Repatriation

Repatriation

It’s decision-making time in Toulouse. Before starting this adventure we agreed to evaluate our situation after one year and decide if our move to France would go beyond a one year sabbatical. I won’t tease you; we’ve decided to return to the U.S. It... read more
What France Does Better

What France Does Better

Le Pain Bread When we first arrived in France, we had a couple of baguettes, and were slightly confused. Bread is not just bread in France, it is a phenomenon – a way of life. And honestly our first experience was a little lackluster. Then we figured out the secret –... read more
What America Does Better

What America Does Better

My wife is a Francophile. She loves French people, French cities, French food, and pretty much anything else found within the boundaries of France. Six months of living in France have done little to cure her. I on the other hand am more skeptical. I’m skeptical... read more
On the Road Again

On the Road Again

It seemed like we had been on the road for weeks – oh wait we had been! Tours, Caen, Dinan, Saint-Martin-de-Re, Bordeaux, Carcosonne… And now off again?? Bien sûr! Friends emailed us to say they were visiting Paris and would love to meet up. So I came up with the... read more
Wine, Women and Song

Wine, Women and Song

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

Galileo Galilei

Squeeze the juice from some grapes, throw in a handful of yeast, stick it in a barrel for a couple of weeks and voilà – wine.  That process has been refined over thousands of years into an art form. Hemingway put it thus; “Wine is one of the most civilized

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