Boat on a River
This is the first shot in a time lapse video I took of the Saône River in Burgundy.
Frenchman’s Travels in the US
Not sure how I missed it, French globetrotter, Antoine de Maximy, made a film of his travels in the US. This 2009 documentary titled J'irais Dormir à Hollywood - Hollywood, I'm Sleeping Over Tonight takes Maximy from New York to the beaches of LA. Nothing is planned other than traveling coast to coast.
2012 Presidential Election
Here’s a difference between France and the US. The French Presidential Election is now starting to heat up, with just three months to go. The US election is also heating up with nine months to go. What’s more President Nicolas Sarkozy hasn’t even officially declared his candidacy. Even though his primetime interview on January 29th left no doubt. In the interview Sarkozy said he would raise the TVA (France’s value added tax). The tax increase would shift the tax burden away from employers. In France this is known as ‘TVA sociale’. The idea is to help French companies become more competitive. Right now most French social services are funded by payroll taxes.
Power and the Press
Another difference between France and the US is mixing of power and the press. Hollande is the former partner of 2007 presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal, they had four children together. Hollande is now the partner of journalist Valérie Trierweiler. This isn’t first time a French politician and a journalist have become couple. Other examples include former: Arnaud Montebourg and Audrey Pulvar, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair, Bernard Kouchner and Christine Ockrent, Jean-Louis Borloo and Béatrice Schönberg.
La Roche Bluegrass
The dates for the La Roche Bluegrass, my town’s yearly Bluegrass Festival are set. La Roche Bluegrass will take place from August 1st – 5th 2012. See and hear last year's festival.
Never too Early
With taxes that is. If you want to get the jump on your tax filing. I work with American accountant, Barron Harper. Barron has just published an ebook tax guide for American expats. The cost is €10 but you can get a copy of the first chapter for free to have a look before you buy.
From my Website
The French make recycling easy thanks to public bins. Here's a recycling article I recently updated with new photos and a video.
B&B/Gîte in Normandy, France: The Haven is a small English-run guest house in rural Normandy, France, offering B&B and Gîte (Self-Catering) accommodation. We have renovated an attractive old stone farmhouse, to provide comfortable accommodation, whilst retaining many of the original features. The house is in an elevated and peaceful setting, south-facing, with an acre of garden and beautiful views. It is situated on the outskirts of a small hamlet, in unspoiled, rolling countryside, halfway between St Lo and Mont St Michel. The nearest market town is Villedieu-les-Poeles, less than 15 minutes drive away, and the Normandy Landing Beaches are about an hours drive away.