Monthly Archives: May 2013

You know you’re in France…

…. When you go to the Café de la Fontaine in Lourmarin and ask if they have a Pain au chocolat to go with your café creme. “We don’t” says the owner “but I’ll get you one” Heads off to … Continue reading

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Instant haemorrhoid relief

Get rid of your piles here….

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Fred et Claude

This “Fred et Claude” company appears to have a monopoly on bathroom and kitchen taps in France. Every bloody tap you see has “Fred” on one tap and “Claude” on the other. I mean, advertising’s OK, but wouldn’t it be … Continue reading

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“If I ever come across that bastard….

…I’ll rip off his balls and feed them to the dogs” More than a couple of years back, we came across a hamlet by the name of Sivergues in the Vaucluse. 2 houses, a letterbox and an abandoned VW bus … Continue reading

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The metric system

Or “The perils of alcohol consumption at work” Went for a brisk walk around Goult the other day and decided – spur of the moment stuff – to walk down the hill to the Gare de Bonnieux for their excellent … Continue reading

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Time flies an arrow…

…fruit flies like a banana Driving behind a battered old van on the winding road up to Gordes this afternoon. Absolutely crawling along ….40….up to 50…down to 35. On the straight bits. Parked next to him on the square and … Continue reading

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“Where are you staying? The back of beyond?”

Said Ms  jb’s Dad when we called him from the Provence and mentioned we were having trouble finding a bar to to watch the Champions League final last Saturday. And this is the sort of internet connectivity you experience. If … Continue reading

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The Sylla vintner coöperative in Apt does a very nice line in affordable Chateau Cardboard aka Bag in Box. Yes, indeed. They have a Sylla Blanc, a Sylla Rosé and a Sylla Rouge. I suppose if they made one with … Continue reading

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Invited for dinner

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Can this be right?

The owners of the place we’re renting down here in the Provence asked me to translate their house rules into English. Worked out quite well. Especially proud of this one, though: “Please don’t piscine the piscine”

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