• by BobP The first traces of bread flour carbon-date back to the Upper Paleolithic period in Europe – about 30,000 BC. Evidence of yeast usage to make bread rise dates back to ancient Egypt (10,000 BC).          Gauls and Iberians used hops from beer to make bread rise in Southern Europe well […]

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  • by BobP They always say to question conventional wisdom.  I long-ago concluded, in the height of my youthful arrogance, that Menton – a border town on the French/Italian Riviera, was without interest.  Dario and his glam friend Faye from London have proven me wrong!  The town's name means chin in French, and I can assure, […]

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  • By Marie-LysD Last Sunday I spent the day at Giverny, a place I especially love: easy access by car, train or bus from Paris.  Giverny is where Monet’s lovely home/atelier, garden and ponds where water-lilies bloom all summer long and the Museum of the Impressionists is located two steps away. Until, October 31st, the Museum […]

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  • by BobP In many countries like the USA and the UK, there has been a « revival » of farmer's markets.  In France, they never went away!  Everyone goes – whether they live in a stately château or a humble apartment – and they are all treated the same way!  There is something about shopping […]

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  • By NormaK A quick 2-hour TGV journey from Paris takes you to the heart of French food country, the gastronomic capital of France – Lyon. Every year, food lovers from around the world flock to the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants, however I chose to try its more humble LBL’s – Le Bistro Lyonnais – otherwise known […]

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  • By NormaK  The great thing about Paris is that it really is conveniently and centrally located, almost in the middle of France. Many of the outlying cities and towns are just 2 – 3 hours away by train. So next on my list of discovery was the Cote de Fleurie, namely Deauville/Trouville and the beautiful […]

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  • by BobP France is experiencing a terrible drought this year – the worst since 1976.  Most regions of the country are affected, water will be curtailed and nuclear power plants, which rely on water for cooling, are being ramped down, which may lead to periodic blackouts.  A map of drought areas is attached. Surprisingly, the […]

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  • By BobP   In the back-country, not too far from Nice, you'll find many mountain villages that are treasures.  One of my favourites is Peillon.  Wind your way up the road to a church with a courtyard, geographic table (which Dario is studying intently) and an old school.  It is lovely! Don't bother eating at […]

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