Southern Burgundy Food & Drink
This is a sample of what we tasted during my tour on July 7th. Thanks to those who came! Along with great weather we saw a 'straw house' being built! Next tour is planned for September. Tentative agenda: farm visit and short walk in the Bresse Bourguignone.
112 Gripes about the French
Thanks to this blog post I discovered 112 Gripes about the French. A handbook written in 1945 for American GIs in France. It's a fascinating read updated just a few months ago - opens a pdf file. It was even translated into French with the diplomatic name Nos amis les Français - Our French Friends.
Latest podcasts are with Jeanette Malleval in Montélimar and Tony Paschall in Paris. Both are longtime residents of France but with difference experiences. Jeanette talks in part about finding work in France (it's not easy) and what's changed over the years. Jeanette is a familiar name to newsletter readers: last year she co-hoisted France 101 with me. Jeanette is multi-talented and coaches expat among her many activities.
Paris gets all the attention but Bastille Day, what the French call fête nationale or 14 Juillet is celebrated thought out France. Every city, town and village will have some kind of celebration. Here's a video of my town's parade. Unfortunately there was rain so no fireworks afterward. Second year in a row that's happened! Good to know: often Bastille Day is celebrated on July 13th!
American Art: Private art gallery in the heart of the Old Dijon. Selling American works from the 1920s to 1960s. The owner - Jacques Protat is also a musician.
Joie de Vivre Unlimited: Two beautiful 18th Century houses to rent in the South of France, in the beautiful chic hillside stone village of St Maximin. Each sleeps 8/9 people and can be rented together or separately; This is a first-rate French holiday rental with a walled garden covered with vines, outdoor terraces, swimming pool and private BBQ facilities.
Currencies Direct: With increased protections and restrictions being put on the transfer of the US dollar, many companies are unable to help American clients transfer their funds. Currencies Direct is proud to be one of the few companies which has acquired a license to trade American clients and their funds safely and quickly; the only condition is that the funds must come from and go to the client's own account. We are happy to put the comfort back into currency for American clients and have an office in France with a team who is always there to help answer any questions.