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Throw-back post: Le Luberon

A tour of four Luberon villages The selection of photographs above are from our first outing, a lovely day of winding and climbing though the hilltop towns of the Luberon Valley, well four of them at least. The Luberon Valley is the Provence that you see in the movies. Tiny towns, growing directly out of…

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To Paris, with love

Paris is beautiful, especially in the rain. Six weeks after my arrival in the South of France, I hopped the TGV out of Aix for the Gare de Lyon. Simultaneously, my boys hopped on a direct flight out of JFK, destination Charles De Gaulle Airport. We met at the hotel in the 14th arondissement. It was raining.…

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La Vie en Rose

There is just something about France and love. “… you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” —E.A. Buchianerie, Brushstrokes of a Gladfly Merde! I’m in love. I know, I know, quelle surprise. It all sounds so predictable: burnt-out, disgruntled, overworked American goes…

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Home

We watched the continent-size hurricane approaching the Long Island Sound on an 8×12 inch computer screen, the four of us huddled together on a love seat in Provence. We did not speak too much about It because you cannot have that what if conversation when the what if is too daunting and the outcome too…

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The Market: In pictures

The market, once intimidating because of the French required to navigate through the purchasing process, has now become one of my favorite weekly routines. Sometimes I even take my camera. I even have a regular produce stand, which is run by an older couple that while helpful are not overly friendly. I have learned these key phrases…

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Ironman and my trip to the market

I am a pretty big fan of Ironman and triathlons in general, and would most certainly compete in them myself, if not for an unfortunate knee injury, so I was excited to learn that an Ironman would be ending somewhere in Aix this September. I knew this even before I left the US. In hindsight, it probably…

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Laundry Day

A laundry day filled with wonder, who would have thought . . . I have been dreading seeking out a laundromat in Aix, and so have not done my laundry since I arrived 11 days ago. With an upcoming excursion with my students to the even warmer city of Nice, it was clear to me…

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Mon jour in photos

I am always trying to take very good pictures with my better camera, but today I decided that I never have time to do this so am going to start taking snap shots with my not-that-good camera because I can carry it with me anywhere, which will mean that you will see more pictures on…

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