Le Saint James à Bouliac

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 […]

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Les Noëls Blancs : destination Scandinavie !

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 […]

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Le Château de Crazannes

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 […]

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Les Seigneurs de Rochefort

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 […]

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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 […]

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