2003 – Paris; buying an apartment in the Marais

2003 – Paris; buying an apartment in the Marais

Posted by on Jul 29, 2003 in France, Paris | No Comments

Our apartment rental in the Marais is charming, which in Paris is another word for really small. Well, the Marais is the oldest section of Paris. The streets are smaller, the buildings are smaller and of course, the apartments are smaller. Our apartment on Rue Bourg-Tiborg has been renovated with a new kitchen and bathroom […]

2002 – Paris and the Marais

2002 – Paris and the Marais

Posted by on Sep 25, 2002 in France, Paris | No Comments

September 23, 2002 We’ve rented an apartment in the Marais district. It’s the 1st floor apartment over the flower shop in the photo to the left. The Marais district (marais means marsh) was known from Roman days as a swampland until in the 12th century the Knights Templars along with a few other religious groups cleared the […]

2002 – The Dordogne and the Perigord, France

2002 – The Dordogne and the Perigord, France

Posted by on Sep 24, 2002 in Dordogne-Perigord, France | No Comments

August 21, 2002 The Dordogne is the southwest region of France along the Dordogne River. It was once referred to as the Perigord from the time of the Gauls through the Hundred Years War between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries. There are still remains of hundreds of castles from that period. […]

2002 – Verdun, France

2002 – Verdun, France

Posted by on Sep 20, 2002 in France, Verdun | No Comments

  September 18, 2002 In 1915, the Germans thought the access of Verdun would give them a strong foothold into France. The French were determined to defend their country at all cost. What a cost it was. After 3 years of artillery shelling, trench warfare and horrible conditions over 175,000 French and over 165,000 German […]

2002 – Burgundy and the really bad meal at Le Cote D’Or

2002 – Burgundy and the really bad meal at Le Cote D’Or

Posted by on Sep 18, 2002 in Burgundy, France | No Comments

September  17, 2002 The Burgundy region is mostly an ode to wine, and driving from Dijon to Beaune, there is nothing but vineyards as far as the eye can see. Each little town along the way from Gevry Chambertin to Morey-St Denis makes wine from their vineyards, and each version is a little different. Instead […]

2002 – Eugenie les Bains and the Pays Basque

2002 – Eugenie les Bains and the Pays Basque

Posted by on Sep 18, 2002 in France, Pays Basque | No Comments

August 18, 2002 Michel Guérard and his wife Christine have made somewhat of a Mecca for French slimnists at Les Prés dEugénie in the little town of Eugenie Les Bains in the Acquataine.  History tells us the town was named after Napolean the 3rd’s wife Eugenie who like to come to the area for the theraputic baths. […]

2002 – The Loire Valley, France

2002 – The Loire Valley, France

Posted by on Aug 16, 2002 in France, Loire Valley | No Comments

August 16, 2002 Romorantin-Lathenay is so perfectly located; forests abounding with game, rivers convenient for trade, but due to circumstances beyond its control, while other villes dotted their grounds with magnificent Chateaux, Romoratin was left behind. As a kid, King Francois I used to play in the nearby forest and streams of Romorantin and when […]