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NewsletterOctober 2017

Rites of Fall

The French have many traditions, at least in La France profonde that bring them in touch with the land. One is mushroom hunting, that often takes place in the fall. Here are photos from a few years ago of a mushroom hunt that brought in a bumper crop! This year's hunt wasn't nearly as good :(.
The mushroom variety here is Rosé des Prés - pink of the field.

Wild mushrooms

Picking mushrooms

Picked mushrooms

Mushroom harvest!

Mushroom cleaning

Jan & Jeff

Three latest Jan & Jeffs - 60, 61 and 62 - Wine, school and smartphones in France!.


Avignon Blues Festival: 20th edition, October 7-14.
Holiday in France with Enjoy France Tours: Travel with your own private English/French speaking guide. Personalised private travel with Enjoy France Tours brings travelling in France to a new level!

Fall Reading

The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed: Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language.
Deep France: a Writer's Year in the Bearn: Novelist Celia Brayfield had never lived more than a taxi ride from Soho, until one day she decided to take a year off. With the computer and the cats in the back of the car, and the blessing of her student daughter, she drove South until the dawn came up in the Bearn, the most romantic, remote and rustic region of France.
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World: Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America's place in the world. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation-a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.
The Sorbonne Affair: A Hugo Marston Novel: Someone is spying on American author Helen Hancock. While in Paris to conduct research and teach a small class of writers, she discovers a spy camera hidden in her room at the Sorbonne Hotel. She notifies the US Embassy, and former FBI profiler Hugo Marston is dispatched to investigate
A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food: Following the contours of history and the geography of the city, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmet walking tour of Paris and its environs in A Taste of Paris, revealing the locations of Roman butcher shops, classic Belle Epoque bistros serving diners today and Marie Antoinette's exquisite vegetable garden that still supplies produce, no longer to the unfortunate queen, but to the legendary Alain Ducasse and his stylish restaurant inside the palace of Versailles. Along the way, readers learn why the rich culinary heritage of France still makes Paris the ultimate arbiter in the world of food.





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