Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Chateau de Bagnac

The Chateau de Bagnac lies just to the east of the N147 road to Poitiers, about three of four miles north of Bellac. You can just see the chateau from the road, if you know what to look for – … Continue reading

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“Death and To-Morrow”

Here in France I am reading this extraordinary book by Peter de Polnay, published in London in 1942. It gives a wry, sad, fascinating and amusing account of the German invasion of France in 1940 and of subsequent life in … Continue reading

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Notre Dame de Royan

Last week we went for a couple of days by the sea, following a route that has long been familiar to us – crossing the Vienne river, then through Angouleme and miles of vineyard-covered hills to the eponymous Cognac and … Continue reading

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The Good Olde Days

Times have changed And we’ve often rewound the clock Since the Puritans got a shock When they landed on Plymouth Rock. If today Any shock they should try to stem ‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock would land … Continue reading

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I’m not a tourist: I’m a mobile citizen

Or, as John Wesley once put it: “The world is my parish”. Anyway, that’s what it said on the back of a complimentary map of Paris, provided for us by our citizenM hotel.   And this is the screen that … Continue reading

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October Memories

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” So wrote a distant cousin of mine, Lucy Maude Montgomery, in Anne of Green Gables. Indeed; and the beginning of October always brings back memories à la recherche du … Continue reading

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