Category: FRENCH LIFE

Road Trip! Arles to Chateauneuf du Pape

As we frequently do after groups have left, Xavier and I set out on a road trip.  We have been wanting to get back to Arles and its’ recently renovated museum of the Roman world.  We particularly wanted to see the Roman boat which was found on the bottom of the Rhone River in 2003…..it…

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BOXWOOD BEAD CURTAINS

What beautiful craftsmanship! One sees these ‘rideaux’ (curtains) in doorways all over Provence. The true boxwood bead curtain is made from ‘box’, a very dense wood with beautiful grain patterns. From forest to bead is a long process. It takes almost 30 years for a box to have the 8-10 cm trunk necessary for harvest. Then…

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French Villages: TOURNUS

From time to time, I want to feature some of my favorite villages of France. And, TOURNUS, a village in southern Burgundy just …..

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Le Puy-en-Velay

I spent a week in the Auvergne, an area visited infrequently by Americans. This French departement and the area around Le-Puy-en-Velay intrigued me and I had always wanted….

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SALT from the CAMARGUE

There is nothing like a French Road Trip when you have absolutely no plans, don’t know where you are going to end up, and the plan is actually not ..

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