Category Archives: Pineau de Charente

Pike fishing in the Vendee..

I went looking for a château this afternoon and found one very easily. In the newly Socialist  led Republique Francaise it is not difficult to find châteaux with noble French families still ensconced within. France may well be “gauchiste” but … Continue reading

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These are the grapes without wrath….

“All work and no play make Jacques a dull boy” fails miserably as an epithet in this little corner of France. For the greater part of my life I associated “work” with certain unpleasant hours of the day, preferably as … Continue reading

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A wonderful Sunday lunch in the French countryside.

There was, in times past, a correctness about eating Sunday lunch in a well run hotel restaurant in provincial France, which happily is still evident at Hotel Le Central in Coulon, a small village in the heart of the Marais … Continue reading

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