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bellyful in Montpellier

Montpellier is my new favourite place ever. Not just because my dear friends live here, but because it’s just a great place – exciting but not overwhelming, beautiful with a fantastic climate, the sea nearby,

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Canada alert!

Just got this from Ruth in Toronto. Please pass it on. Information about Gonorrhea Lectim> >> >The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new> >virulent strain of this old disease. The

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contemplating groceries

My best friend in a happy place A miracle – Canadian maple syrup and Skippy peanut butter in the Monoprix grocery store! In France! Peanut butter in France! What is this world coming to?

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Lynn and Denis’s window on the first floor miscellaneous window in St. Guillem

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I’m happy to report that I didn’t go mad in Monoprix and Galeries Lafayette – in fact, bought nothing at all, except a very large load of groceries for the household. Grocery shopping is great

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St. Guilhem le Desert

Les gorges de l’Herault, on the road to St. Guilhem Market day in the village square. The spectacular plane tree dates from 1855 and is 5 metres around; a plaque on its trunk says so.

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Farewell to Thpain

A selection of tapas … mmm. Carnaval in Montpellier’s Place de la Comedie, with stilts Beth and Bruth disagree about the temperature at Lynn’s

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sightseeing – Montpellier and Sète

Bruce and Denis in beautiful downtown Montpellier Beautiful downtown Sète Beautiful downtown Bruth, by the thea My hor’s d’oeuvre at L’Oranger: artichokes and olive/almond tapenade

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a new week

Hard to believe I’ve been away for 11 days already; it feels like a mad dash minute. Today the next phase begins; Bruce has just taken the train to Nimes, Lynn is at work, Denis

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praying for Canada

P.S. Another great blessing – I will be out of the country for the first weeks of the election campaign. Because, as you bloggees know, the very sight of Stephen Harper makes me sick. Those

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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

Some Blogs I Follow

Chris Walks
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Carrie Snyder
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Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.



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