Monthly Archives: October 2010

Another Story on Retirement in France

The big news – seemingly the only news – these days over here concerns the FR government’s proposal to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 and the subsequent strikes, manifs, and fuel depot blocades. Alas, the retirement … Continue reading

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The Days of Wine and Hoses

The fourth Thursday in November?  Easy.  That’s Thanksgiving in the US. The third Thursday in November?  A little more difficult.  That’s the release date for the Beaujolais Nouveau wines.  It’s also the date when the Gaillac regions, just north of … Continue reading

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How Dry I Am

Be honest.  When was the last time that a you saw a locker room celebration that you actually cheered for?  I saw one – albeit time-delayed due to our European location – earlier this week that actually moved me. The … Continue reading

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Who Knew Lisbon Had a Rainy Season?

Not the lovely missus and me.  That’s for sure.  I’ve never thought much about the weather in Portugal but when I have, I assure you: rain did not enter into the equation.  At least it didn’t till M and I … Continue reading

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Don’t Go Messin’ With Carny Folk

Every year in the September-October timeframe, Toulouse hosts the Fete de St. Michel.  It’s like a souped up version of our little Fete de Leguevin.  There are about 150 forains, or carnies, who work at the fete, which has been … Continue reading

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Who Grows Up Wanting to do This?

Catching up on the local news this morning and I came across two articles that grabbed my attention.  Both of them are crime stories. First up, “It was a dark and stormy night.”  Actually, no, it wasn’t.  There was a … Continue reading

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