• World Cycle Racing Grand Tour – Currently in France

    Simon Hutchinson, one of the riders As I write this, late afternoon on 20th February, six of the ten participants in the World Cycle Racing Grand Tour are in France. One passed fairly close to here earlier today but I had no idea the race was going on until five...


  • La Présidentielle 2012 – Or, M Hollande Wants A Fiver!

    I’m quite enjoying the run up to the French presidential elections, even though none of us Daggs can vote in them. That situation will have changed by the next Presidentielle though. As soon as Caits turns 18 in April, I shall go to the Mairie in Nouzerines and get the...


  • The Expat Life As Seen From Outside

    This is doing the rounds amongst expat bloggers at the moment so I thought I’d join in. (I came across it here first.)   What my friends and family think I do all day. Photo by Pat Fereday http://www.facebook.com/pat.fereday   What the French think I do all day. Photo by...


  • Plan Vélo – France Promotes Cycling

    2011 Tour de France Cycling is forever firmly linked with France, and not only because of the fantastic Tour de France. Mention the country’s name and many people immediately conjure up the image of an elderly fat man in a stripy teeshirt and a beret pedalling serenely along a country...


  • Seagulls, the Louvre and David’s Fountain

    Say ‘the Louvre’ and most people think ‘Mona Lisa’. And I did too, right up until Saturday. Now I think seagulls! We saw our first mouettes (seagulls) since August 2006. Having always lived within 10 miles or so of coast in both England and Ireland, apart from three years at...