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P.S. France, Nov. 10, 2017

The last day we were in Saint-Chinian and had lunch at the Auberge de la Croisade, we again enjoyed it a lot. When we arrived at 12:00, the staff was just finishing their lunch—the custom here. (Well-fed staff make happy … Continue reading

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#5, France, (final) Nov. 8, 2017

Montpellier is a beautiful city near the Mediterranean. It was an hour and a half drive, mostly on freeway. They have a wonderful Fabre Art Museum there, named after Fabre, a local artist. They were also showing a special exhibit … Continue reading

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#4, France, Nov. 1, 2017

We had a lovely day at Narbonne on Friday. We went to three museums and then had lunch at Les Halles, the covered market. At the Archeological Museum we saw Roman paintings and sculptures. Way up in the carved wooden … Continue reading

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#3 France, Oct. 26, 2017

Sunday morning we went to the Saint-Chinian Market. It’s fun to look at their version of products. Here we have their squash; then some interesting fish called Carrelet, which have orange spots; and their big, knobby sweet potatoes. Our mission, … Continue reading

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#2 France, Oct. 21, 2018

Tuesday we went on our first outing to Bèziers. It was settled first in Phoenician times and was an important outpost in Roman times. Bèziers figured big in the Pope’s standoff with the Cathars, a spin-off sect from Christianity in … Continue reading

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#1 France, Oct. 16, 2017

#1 France, Oct. 16, 2017 Burt and I are in France! Yes, that was a quick turn-around from my trip to Kazakhstan. We arrived here in Saint-Chinian on Friday noon by car (a nice little Fiat) from the Toulouse airport. … Continue reading

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#4 Kazakhstan, Oct. 4, 2017

  After the ‘included’ breakfast at the Hotel VanGogh, I asked my landlady via the Google Translate program where Astana Airlines had an office. She drew me a map—-oh good, it was not far. I set out and despite asking … Continue reading

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