Friday
Mar292013

PLUS VITE MON AMI!

Weekends in summer are good times for the hunt. Vide-greniers (empty attics) are informal flea markets where villagers  spill onto the streets with used items for sale. Treasures abound and prices are negotiable. Get your hands dirty sorting through boxes of musty stuff and who knows what you'll find?  A pile of magazines yielded this superb L'llustration from 1936 with wonderful content. Does the voiture appeal?

Wednesday
Mar272013

WEDDING CAKE CAFE - MOULINS

This gorgeous cafe made us feel like we were dining inside a wedding cake!  It was as if it had not changed for a hundred years, and the mirrors were positioned opposite one another so that it looked as if the cafe and us went on into infinity. 

Monday
Mar252013

BROWNIES AT LYON FLEA MARKET

We got up early one morning and went to a huge antiques market in Lyon, which sold old chandeliers, armoires, antique French linens, china and you name it - all kinds of wonderful antiques.  The market had numerous food stalls, and we stopped at this one for a coffee and a sugar fix!  Note to the left that many French bakeries include brownies in their repertoire - and they are just as moist, dense and chocolatey as their American counterparts.  Fantastique!

Monday
Mar252013

FRENCH COUNTRY PHARMACIES

We love French pharmacies - they're filled with all kinds of different things that we never see in Canada.  For example, French pharmacists work hand in hand with naturopaths and sell all kinds of naturopathic remedies, about which they are knowledgeable.  Whereas small bars and bakeries may be slowly disappearing in the villages, pharmacies seem to be flourishing under their glowing blue neon signs. Pharmacists also encourage local villagers to bring in the mushrooms they pick so they can help them identify any that might be poisonous.  Now that's preventative medicine. 

Saturday
Mar232013

BURGUNDY CHURCH SPIRES

Church spires are often the first thing we see of rural villages as Nooit Volmaakt takes us slowly along the winding canals.  We love it as we approach these villages off the beaten track,  with all their houses clustered around the village church.  We also love being awakened to the sound of church bells in the morning when we moor alongside these ancient villages. 

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