It's a beautiful nineteenth-century house in Léran, in the Ariège, a dozen kilometres south of Mirepoix. The house is jam-packed with antiques and works of art from various periods. What I prefer though is the garden. In the summer, when we get there in August, we often have drinks and dinner parties outside. The garden... Continue Reading →
Once upon a time in Foix... Foix (a town in the Pyrenees region) is homonymous with many other French nouns. As in "Once upon a time" ("Il était une fois" - spelt differently). It's even part of a famous nursery rhyme aimed at teaching children how to spell that word according to the context. It's... Continue Reading →
This is sunflower of the year. You couldn't tell, it's not even wearing its face mask - Lieurac - Ariège. August 2020
Uzerche is a small town in the Corrèze tucked between Limoges and Brive. It's one of my favourite places. Its hills are strewn with 15th-16th century stone mansions that all look like mediaeval castles. Here's the first one of them in a series of pictures which should be enough to fuel this blog for weeks... Continue Reading →
Cabbage Butterfly (aka Large White or Pieris Brassicae, brassica meaning "cabbage" in Latin). As it happens, they seem to have a liking for cabbage. As they couldn't find any in the Montparnasse Churchyard, they started feeding on lavender instead.
The huge clock on the top floor of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris is one of its most interesting fixtures. It is reminiscent of the days when the museum was a railway station and not yet a museum. Later it was converted into a theatre in the 1970s, and later on (early 1980s) was turned... Continue Reading →