As we remember the terror attacks in Paris last week, we must open our hearts wider, much wider to include the victims of an almost simultaneous attack by the Al-Qaida affiliated terror organization Boko Haram in Nigeria. After their latest massacre in Baga, we know the terrorists will not stop in their drive to destroy humanity […]Read more "Nous Sommes Charlie"
On the bright and sunny morning of New Year’s Eve, we walked over to the market to purchase the ingredients for a festive meal for New Year’s Day. Our butcher’s wife, Mme Besson, gave us the first hint, the first indication that New Year’s Eve in Saintes has more of a carnival atmosphere than Shrove […]Read more "Saint-Sylvestre with Gilles & Clowns"
Last April I came across some of the famous Santons de Provence in a shop window in Vence, Départment Alpes-Maritimes. No doubt you fondly remember that post and its follow-up. Imagine my surprise, when I discovered a Santon crèche arrangement of epic proportions right here in Saintes in the cathedral of St. Pierre, which, by the way, […]Read more "The Plywood Saints of Saintes"