• After Epiphany

    The Galette des Rois (French Epiphany frangipane pie containing hidden fèves i.e. ceramic charms) has been eaten and the kids are back studying. The Christmas holidays are well and truly over now. France, however, remains largely Christmassy as there never seems to be a hurry to take the decorations down....


  • The Tree of the Wolf (L’Arbre du Loup) and Getting Lost

    An end-of-holiday walk, and unusually without geocaching involved, took us to Évaux les Bains, Creuse’s only spa town. This is rather odd little town, more like an extra-large sprawling village with a very incongruous casino stuck at one edge of it. We were headed a few miles out of it....


  • Crazy French Laws

    Yesterday, just two days after being officially introduced, the law decreeing that motorcyclists and scooter riders must wear a fluorescent armband has been scrapped. It was unpopular from the moment it was first suggested, with bikers declaring the tiny armband would do nothing at all to improve their safety. It...


  • France’s First Baby In 2013 Creates A Stir

    France has got off to a controversial start with the arrival of the country’s first 2013 baby less than a minute after midnight. Little Sacha, who was born in one of Creuse’s neighbouring départements, Allier, has two mums – Maude and Delphine. And this is where the controversy comes in....


  • Past Glories at Thizon: Tison-Villars Mineral Water

    Our New Year’s Eve geocaching trip took us into Allier in the Auvergne, and specifically to Thizon, near St Victor. I’ve mentioned before how much we enjoy discovering local geology and history through geocaching. Yesterday was no exception and we were fascinated to happen across the remnants of what was...