Our last trip in the year 2016 was a brief yet spectacular excursion to the City of Bordeaux. Once a year, for our anniversary, we enjoy the luxury of dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant. This year, taking our advanced ages into consideration and of course les flics’ obsession with sober driving, we booked an […]Read more "Le Saint James à Bouliac"
Les Noëls Blancs or The White Christmases is our seasonal theme here in the usually snow-free town of Saintes, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France. Among the decorated fir trees, our festive Christmas Market is flying the flags of Denmark, Finnland, Norway and Sweden this year, being disguised as a Sami village from Lappland. The “Nördic Lounge” igloo bar which at night glows like northern […]Read more "Les Noëls Blancs : destination Scandinavie !"
With the arrival of the Christmas Penguins at the Christmas Market in the shadow of our Gallo-Roman Arc de Germanicus, the Christmas Season has officially opened in the town of Saintes, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle Aquitaine, dans le sud-ouest de la France. But before I let you in on all the secrets of this years seasonal festivities, I’ll give […]Read more "Le Château de Crazannes"
ANTE SCRIPTUM Before we delve into the history of feudal families in Breizh, allow me to advise you of a grave error I committed in my previous post about the village Rochefort-en-Terre. In France, the television network France2 hosts a reality show each year titled Village Préféré de France [The favorite village in France], a program […]Read more "Les Seigneurs de Rochefort"
Rochefort-en-Terre is a village of about 700 inhabitants in the Morbihan department of Brittany. The village receives roughly half a million visitors each year because it is designated as a ‘Petites Cités de Caractère’ and as a ‘Villes et Villages Fleuris’ or flowering village. It also has a castle and it overlooks a river valley from an elevated […]Read more "Rochefort-en-Terre"
Our exchange home in Brittany was located in the department of Morbihan on the southern coast near the town of Vannes, as detailed in my previous post. If you continue in a westerly direction along the coast, you reach the department of Finistère forming the end of the Brittanic peninsula. Finistère means ‘end of the earth’. […]Read more "From Mor-Bihan to Penn-ar-Bed and back"
From the late 1960s through the mid-seventies I popped over from Germany to La Bretagne any number of times, either for family vacations or trips with friends, other times on study exchanges at a marine biology field station. My move to the US in the late seventies put a long break on trips to a part of France […]Read more "Returning to Brittany after 40 years!"