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Home again, home again, jiggety jog

The whole trip was amazing. Although we're glad to be back at home-sweet-home, I could easily have spent another week in the beautiful and fascinating Dordogne area. Although, if we had, we would have run straight into the Volcanic ash problem...

I'm still sorting through the hundreds of photos we took and will be posting them, and more details of our trip, over the next few weeks. I have put up one album about a very special little spot we found through the… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on April 16, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Wherever you go, there you are...

Yes, we want to get away from it all, have a change of scene, break up the old routine...

So, we're leaving our rural village (pop. 500), largely un-served by public transportation, where the main livelihoods are farming, artisan foods and tourism.

And we're heading for a rural village (pop 500), largely un-served by public transportation, where the main livelihoods appear to be farming, artisan foods and tourism.

BUT, we'll be doing it in French!

And we're pretty sure that… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on March 13, 2010 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Dear Cyrano...

I just happened to notice that today is the birthday of Rostand's character, apparently based on an historical person, who came from Bergerac. As Bergerac in the Dordogne...where we're going...soon. Coincidence?-- or --cue theme from the X-files!



Okay, seriously, we have been studying like crazy and find that the areas of interest chronographically are;

Pre-history- the geology, the caves, the troglodyte dwellings

Romans-ruins, bridges, roads, hoping for a relatively close… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on March 6, 2010 at 11:35am — No Comments

Decisions, decisions

When one person travels, it's an adventure; when two people go, it's a negotiation!

It has become glaringly obvious over the past month that most of my previous traveling was done solo and that having only oneself to please certainly simplifies things.

The choice of area, the Dordogne, was made by my husband, whose brother made the trip with a Yale group 3 years ago. I was pretty sure I could enjoy anyplace where it would not be snowing and below 32 degrees in April, but the idea of… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on February 20, 2010 at 8:39am — No Comments

A Love Letter from us.gov...

Oh. maybe not a *Love* letter, but an email saying my passport is on its way--huzzah!

My dearly beloved had conscientiously gotten his application for renewal in and had the document in hand before I had even gotten around to applying.

After the bureaucracy in my natal state had managed to misspell both my mother's Christian name and the name of her town of birth AND the bureaucracy at the passport office misspelled my (clearly printed) email address, I had begun to despair.

But… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on January 22, 2010 at 11:04am — No Comments

"You can't get there from here"

I'm willing to bet that virtually every rural culture has some version of the classic urban figure standing next to their gleaming Lexus/4-in-hand/spacecraft/whatever, confronting the local rube for directions. Said rube is scratching his/her/its head while pondering and then comes out with the immortal line above.

Funny, that's the way I'm beginning to feel about Monpazier. The destination for our Spring getaway is not exactly on a main line. One can get planes to it from Gatwick or… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on January 20, 2010 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

Get ready, get set--

Today I'm remembering the olden days, when I could carry a 40 lb pack, fly in a cattle car, sleep on a beach in Greece and consider the whole thing enjoyable. Thirty-something years later, my life & needs have become considerably more complicated....

The plan is to get away from the long hard slog of winter in the Northeast Kingdom. Vermont may be a winter wonderland but, by March, we are sick & tired of snow & thaw & freezing rain.

I'd have been up for anywhere… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on January 18, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments

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