Monthly Archives: May 2016

Cookies and Captains

About 75 percent of Nantes was blown to smithereens in 1943 by Allied bombing. Strolling amid the historic buildings that survived, those that were reconstructed and the new that have arisen since the American Allies liberated the city in 1944, … Continue reading

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Lollygagging Along the Loire

The Loire River cuts through the middle of Nantes. Following it westward out of the city brings you to the Atlantic Ocean. Following it eastward, takes you through the lovely Loire Valley wine country. Having now done both, I recommend … Continue reading

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The Fanciful French

Anyone who’s ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show knows that the French have a colorful sense of the fantastical. This fanciful, quirkiness shows up in everything here — art, food, architecture, interior design… and entertainment. I saw it … Continue reading

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Neptune Favors the Traveller

We took the slow train out of Bordeaux on Sunday and headed northeast toward the Atlantic Ocean. After about four hours, we pulled into Nantes, the sixth largest city in France with about one million people living in the metropolitan … Continue reading

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Where the Grapes Are

The Romans brought the vine to Bordeaux around 60 BC. The terroir (soil and climate for growing grapes) here is a perfect storm of geographic location, soil composition and temperate, oceanic climate. We spent a couple of days this week … Continue reading

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Beaches and Bathrooms in Bordeaux

Today is Ascension Thursday and it’s a national holiday in France. Rather than drop in to a local cathedral to see how the Catholic church was celebrating, we cycled over to the Parc Bordelaise and then strolled along the river … Continue reading

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The Wine Trade

Bordeaux has other industry — tourism, the production of car components, aerospace equipment and electronics to name a few — but at the end of the day, Bordeaux is really all about wine. Afterall, it is the world’s major wine … Continue reading

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