Life on La Lune

vanessa_franceLife in rural southwest France by a freelance writer and novelist who has lived there since 1997. This is France without frills, telling it how it is in all its delightful and sometimes exasperating detail, with the accent on the history and culture of this beautiful region.



Latest posts on http://vanessafrance.wordpress.com:

  • Bons Voisins – Good Neighbours
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    I’m constantly amazed at French people’s ability to conjure up a social event from unpromising components, whether it’s an apéritif, an improvised barbecue or a full-blown fête. Last night, some neighbours organised a repas de quartier, a neighbourhood meal, which … Continue reading →...
  • Varen: Haven by the River Aveyron
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    I never cease to be amazed by the new things (to me) I discover in this region, where I have lived for 20 years. We haven’t set foot in Varen for ages and even then we didn’t stop to have … Continue reading →...
  • Un café, s’il vous plaît
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    Coffee fuels the French, who have a penchant for strong black espresso-type coffee. Having to use coffee substitutes during World War II must have been a real hardship in that case. A chance remark to that effect during a recent … Continue reading →...
  • French Flavours E and F: Two Aveyronnais Specialities
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    Time for another instalment of my French flavours series. I realise I have only got to ‘E’ and we’ll never get to the end at this rate, so this week I’ll do ‘F’ as well and you get two for … Continue reading →...
  • Water, Water, Everywhere – But Not a Drop to Drink
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    The joys of living in a rural French commune. We currently have to collect our drinking water daily in bottles from the Syndicat des Eaux (local water board), which for us involves a round trip of about 18 kilometres. The … Continue reading →...
  • Discovering a Former Railway Line
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    Do you enjoy travelling by train? I do, except of course when it’s cancelled or held up by the wrong sort of leaves or by vandals removing the copper from the electric cables, as happened to us recently in Sweden. … Continue reading →...