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...
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...
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....
Automne Voyage

Automne Voyage

We decided to storm the beaches in Normandy while les infants were back in school. From the looks of them, some of our fellow vacationers may have actually stormed the beaches in Normandy. I’m not complaining, we love rubbing shoulders with senior travelers....
The Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi (canal of the south) is an impressive feat by any measure. This man-made canal runs for 150 miles from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. It is 620′ above sea level at its highest point and one must pass through 65 locks (aquatic elevators) to...