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:

  • Ma Vie Française #3: Author Angela Wren
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    Today, I continue my occasional interview series with people who have made their life in France or who have a particular attachment to it. Author Angela Wren is in the latter category. Let’s find out why she finds France so … Continue reading →...
  • Puylaroque: Tranquil Village with a Turbulent History
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    The panorama from the viewpoint at Puylaroque is magnificent. Beneath the rocky outcrop on which the village stands, the plains of southwest France roll away towards the Pyrénées. On a clear day, you can see the mountains, but that is … Continue reading →...
  • Forgotten Love Letter Saved for Posterity
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    Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways. In this case, it saved for posterity a wonderful letter that would otherwise have been consigned to the flames with a heap of junk. Continue reading →...
  • French Flavours #2: B is for lou Bajanac
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    In my A-Z of traditional French recipes, I’m trying to focus on those that originated in southwest France, where we live. So I’ve eschewed boeuf à la Bourgignonne or blanquette de veau, delicious though they are. Surprisingly, I found a … Continue reading →...
  • Beyond Time: A Journey Back to Prehistory Part 2
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    Last week, I started a journey back in time to look at some of the many prehistoric relics left in this region by our ancestors. This week, we’re dropping in on the artists who used cave walls as their canvas … Continue reading →...
  • Beyond Time: A Journey Back to Prehistory Part 1
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    Ours is one of the more rural French regions, but transport networks criss-cross the countryside and commercial suburbs mushroom around its historic towns. And yet this part of France is peppered with the works of prehistoric artists and builders. They … Continue reading →...