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Travels

Adventures on the road

Just for Fun

The insistent chatter of magpies building their nest outside my window in the platane tree tells me that I can trust the rhythms of nature. Spring is a fact I can count on. And this turbulent wind and rain are the necessary preparations for its ripening.  This is what I remind myself as I try … Continue reading »

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A little bird told me . . .

“Mon petit doigt me l’a dit . . . ” is the french expression to say “A little bird told me . . .” In this case it was a little bird, to be sure.  As I settled myself to write these few words, the sun was setting over Aix en Provence.  I gazed inward … Continue reading »

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YES – the word for a new year

What’s not to love about a golf course that places a sculpture at its first tee saying (in french of course) OUI  or  YES .  After Christmas and before New Years, we drove two short hours to the southeast from Aix to try out Golf Opio Valbonne. Situated between  Nice and Grasse, it gave us … Continue reading »

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Precious gifts

It is, every day, a gift to be here in France: living a dream I carried in my  heart for over fifty years; sharing it with my dearest companions, Ken & SweetPea; receiving new friendships and tokens of love that keep me warm and nourished in this winter season. Such are the tiny figures given … Continue reading »

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Winter is Coming

I know you’ve heard about the Mistral: winds that sweep into Provence from the north bringing cold and sometimes wrecking havoc. In these past few weeks, the Mistral has been asserting its prowess, knocking over a cruise ship in the harbor at Marseille, downing trees in the local parks here in Aix, and generally making … Continue reading »

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The dislocation of language

To live in a new country, whose language is not one’s own, is a dislocating experience. For long moments one becomes mute. For long moments one is regressed, scrambling like a toddler for words that are always out of reach. The relief of joy can come from the very simple pleasure of discovering just one … Continue reading »

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At Home in Aix

Even if I had a camera ~ which now I do not, since on moving-in day it escaped the car to begin a new life with someone else in Provence ~ even the best camera (which this former, fickle one was not) couldn’t have captured the moment this Sunday morning when the bells of St-Sauveur … Continue reading »

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Landed – for now

Well, SweetPea & I are happily ensconced in a spacious hotel room in the SouthSea area of Portsmouth, UK, about 25 miles from where the QM2 landed in Southampton this morning at 6:30 am.  We arrived by taxi, while Ken went off by shuttle bus from Southampton to Heathrow airport to pick up our Renault … Continue reading »

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Sailing, Sailing

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Our Ship Has Sailed

The goal of setting sail for France seemed so far away, even impossible, as we traveled 3,500+ miles in our CRV, packed to the rooftop, to reach the Queen Mary 2. France seemed like a dream from some other era, and only the day-to-day realities of travel and family reunions. Yet despite all anxieties, our … Continue reading »

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