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Rock face

LES LAPIDIALES Not even Marie, my sister-in-law, nor Christian, my brother, had ever been there before. It’s not a run of the mill place at all. But if you are, even mildly, interested in seeing “living” sculpture, make sure you go there when you are next in the Poitou-Charentes area! You will not regret it. […]

A festival in the Marais Poitevin

One of the fantastic event Christian and Marie shared with us this summer was the International Art Festival in Magne. This is a village quite close to Niort (15 minutes by car), in the “Green Venice”, the marsh and canals area in the Deux-Sèvres and Vendée. I took masses of pictures but only selected a […]

Languedoc-Roussillon wine tasting

Another fun-filled Friday night feast at the Modern Language  School! French students and their guests had a feast of wine, small plates, learning and laughter. Showing that being an “expert” is not a pre-requisite to learn and enjoy wine tasting, the evening showcased delicious wines from the main wine-producing region in the world.    WHITES The […]

Wine tasting of this Friday

The wines for this Friday’s tasting have been delivered! They make an interesting and mouth-watering ensemble. On the menu   Picpoul de Pinet – Villemarin, Cave Ormarine Viognier – Marquis de Pennautier Marsanne – Domaines Paul Mas Costières de Nîmes – Château Guiot Carignan – Alain Grignon Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun – La Grange des Combes There will also […]

Learning is a wonderful thing

Learning never goes just one way, it is multi-directional as I am constantly reminded in my classes. For example, on Wednesday morning, the members of the French class were presenting some works by Jean Cocteau and it was a feast of discovery. Did you know that Jean Cocteau did not just direct and script amazing […]