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Gilets jaunes

As most of you will probably be aware, France is passing through a period of considerable turbulence. Somehow, seemingly out of a clear blue sky, an enormous groundswell of negative opinion has erupted about the government and specifically about M. … Continue reading

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The new wine

Yes there have been continuing protests in France by the Gilets Jaunes about which more perhaps next week. There have also been developments – but no breakthroughs – in the wearisome long-running Brexit saga. Certainly the mood among the “expatriate community” … Continue reading

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Taradeau’s big event

As will have been apparent to anyone who reads these blogs – and there seem to be an increasing number of you – our village is still feels that it’s life is focused on the many vineyards. So it’s not … Continue reading

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11 November

Given that France was the major theatre of operations for  the First World War and enormously important for much of the Second, it was particularly appropriate to be here this 11th November.  We found ourselves involved in two things: first, … Continue reading

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Port Grimaud and Brexit

Two things this week. First of all, Port Grimaud. One of the problems of the Cote d’Azur is not just that it has been relentlessly built over, but that it has been built over in a crass, ugly and unsympathetic … Continue reading

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Wet, wet, wet

Living down here one of the rules of life that you take for granted is that Provence is dry and Britain is wet. This year, however, has been the year of exceptions. So we were recently in the UK for … Continue reading

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On the Tuesday afternoon of our stay at Les Tourades (see the last two blogs), we headed off round Arles into the flat wind-swept expanse of the Camargue. It’s famous for being one of the most distinctive regions of France, … Continue reading

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