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Two Weeks In One of France’s Most Beautiful Villages

Lisa and I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks we’ve spent in Veneray-les-Laume. Kevin suggested that we visit the medieval town of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, as he thought we might like it. You may remember the delightful film Le Chocolat.  It is about a single mother that moves to a small village in France where she opens a chocolate store.  Much of the film was shot in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. The film garnered five Academy Award nominations.  Juliette Binoche played the roll of ...

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Birthday Festivities, Times Two!

It was that time of year.  Lisa was about to turn another year younger. We were so excited when our friends Alex and Elizabeth called.  It was also Elizabeth’s birthday, and they suggested a dual birthday celebration. Alex is an expat from the Bronx.  He moved to Dijon, France a number of years ago where he met his beautiful wife Elizabeth who he affectionately calls Babbette.  Among the many things Alex does to stay busy is offer cooking ...

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The Colorful History of Chateau Bussy-Rabutin

Our next adventure took us to the source of the River Seine.  We didn’t know what to expect, but were a bit disappointed when we finally arrived.  I was hoping for a huge artesian spring gushing forth crystal clear water. What we found was a marble statue set in a grotto surrounded by a shallow pond that was half empty.  To say we were disappointed would be an understatement…  At least the green pastures, multi colored leaves, blue ...

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The Roman Ruins of Veringetroix

After touring the Alesia Museum we headed up the hill to where Vercingetroix and his army encamped.  In September of 52 B.C. Caesar laid siege to the hilltop fortress where 80,000 soldiers along with the local population were living.  In three weeks he built 18 kilometers of 15 ft. high revetments and 12 ft. deep ditches trapping Vercingetroix and his men.  Soon they began to run out of food and other necessities.  Eventually they expelled the women and ...

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