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Not your typical variety of Australian national garden!

Here in Melbourne, we’ve had an atypical spring season. For much of September and October, the weather pattern was dominated by strong, cold winds, without the mitigating presence of good rainfall. Then, late in October, we had a short burst … Continue reading

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Light posts and snail mail

Maggie and I spent three weeks across June and July on the west coast of North America. First up, we went on a tour that began in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and finished in the city of Vancouver, … Continue reading

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Delicious French dining forays, October 2016

In an earlier post, I described a phenomenon, which I call ‘palate-lag’, in which foods that usually please your palate, taste bland for up to two weeks after you return from a foreign country. If you too would like to … Continue reading

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Honfleur: happy hour 24/7

After our enjoyable afternoon and evening in Mont St Michel, we set off for Honfleur, the easternmost town on the coast of Normandy, where we would spend the next three nights. On the firm advice of a friend back in … Continue reading

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Must see Mont St Michel

Le Mont St Michel, the abbey-capped island just off the western-most part of the coast of Normandy, is one of the most recognisable sites in France. To me, it is not especially beautiful, nor architecturally brilliant, nor grand. But it … Continue reading

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Lovely vistas in the Loire Valley

So, after my long lay-off, it’s back to the high-minded business of being a traveller, and it doesn’t come much loftier than the Loire Valley! For example, the vaulted ceiling above the apse of Chartres Cathedral. We began our eight … Continue reading

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A celebration of cows

Celebration Collective noun (1) A group of brightly-coloured cows, esp. in Normandy, France; said to be inspired by the Bounty of Bears in Berlin.        

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