Monthly Archives: January 2013

When Everything Else is Closed, There’s Always Gaillac

It was J’s last weekend with us before heading back to VCU to start his graduate program. We wanted to take him someplace interesting, but every place we looked at was closed: Oradour-sur-Glane, Chateau Lareole, and the tourist centers of … Continue reading

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Which Half do We Get?

A little while back, I wrote a story about a particularly unhealthy (in my eyes) FR food concoction: a chopped pork ‘burger’ wrapped in cheese and bacon and intended to be fried. And last year, I wrote a story featuring … Continue reading

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The Big Muddy Did Get Bigger. And Muddier, Too

In the last entry, I wrote about how our recent stretch of rain had made Le Paradis, the little stream that runs between us and ‘downtown’ LegoLand, become what I have always jokingly to it: the Big Muddy. Shortly before … Continue reading

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When it Rains, it Pours, Then it Rains Some More

I jokingly refer to the stream we cross over, the ‘ruisseau du Paradis’ on the way to town as the “Big Muddy.” Usually, it’s just a trickle. But for the past severals days – weeks, actually – it has rained, … Continue reading

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And Now for Something Completely Different

With apologies to the guys in Monty Python, that was the best title for this mini-entry. You see, after several stories on our visit to Istanbul, this story is – honestly – completely different. Americans, rightly, have a reputation for … Continue reading

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Last Stories From Istanbul

It’s time to get in the last odds and sods from our all-too-short stay in Istanbul: “We Have a Lotta Galata Tower Shots.” After we took our 90-minute boat trip up and back the Bosphorus Strait, our next stop was … Continue reading

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Istanbul: You’re Nobody Till You’ve Played the Palace

And with several palaces to choose from in Istanbul, you CAN be somebody rather easily. Today, I’ll write about just two palaces: Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace. We saw Topkapi in the company of our guide, Nacet, from Istanbul Walks … Continue reading

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