Newsletter April 2014
In vain the ruling Socialist wished was a real Poisson d'Avril, too bad, the Municipal Elections were not a real Poisson d' Avril for ruling Socialists. The Socialists lost about 150 town-halls (at the time of this writing the exact number is unclear) with a population of over 9,000 and saw the Front National (FN) win Hénin-Beaumont in the first round, winning 50.5% of the vote in a once Socialist stronghold.
Relax in the Charente countryside in a family-friendly ambience. Charentaise stone cottages and rooms for rent in our tiny hamlet just outside Juignac. Old world charm with new, modern comforts - swimming pool, wi-fi, kitchenettes, etc. Two cottage apartments (each sleeps 3-4), or 3 BandB-style single/double rooms in our 'main house.' Patios offer quiet views of the countryside. French-American hospitality, with informal French conversation classes by request.
A unique holiday home for winter ski and summer holidays in Chamonix. Open year round. Ideally located in the tranquil, picturesque Savoyard hamlet of Les Bois, a 5 minute drive from the center of Chamonix and a short walk to La Flegere lift. La Flegere is well known for skiing and snowboarding in winter or hiking, mountain biking or golf in summer.
The 300-year-old Chalet Bibendum is a tastefully renovated holiday home, where the comfort of a luxury hotel service meets the magic of a bygone time. The spacious chalet enjoys a beautiful sunny exposure and is designed to deliver panoramic breathtaking views - it is like living in a postcard!
Ornes in the Meuse department was part of the Verdun battlefield and totally destroyed in WWI.
April 12th, 1921
Postcard of Notre-Dame Cathedral - western facade in Paris postmarked April 12th, 1921.
April 9th, 1909
Postcard of Arc de Triomphe de l'etoile in Paris dated April 9th, 1909.
Chamonix Valley Photographic Walks
Schedule for April 2014. Say Jeff Steiner sent you and get a 10 percent discount on the basic photo walk fee (not including meals) of 20 euro.
Postcard of Chartres Cathedral postmarked April 4th. Year is unclear but looks to be 1904.
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