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Barcelona Spain’s Picasso Museum is for the art lover. A little known fact about my past- I worked 10 years for an Art Gallery where I met local and famous artists like Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac and Robert Bateman and …

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If you do one thing outside of budget on your trip to Barcelona, go inside Sagrada Familia Temple. The large Catholic Church draws tourist from around the world. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI declares the temple a minor Basilica. The …

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Like this photo, when you visualize the course of your immediate future, what do you see on the horizon? New Year’s Resolutions 2013 It is the season for vowing to stop smoking, loose ten pounds and stop yelling at your …

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  What do you do after 4-5 hours of homework on a Wednesday? Go to ‘Musée du Jouet’, France’s biggest Lego display. Two hundred square metres of giant, animated and size models made of Lego and K’NEX. Reasonably priced at …

French Christmas Hamori Style

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Merry Christmas to all our family and friends around the world. We would like to share our Christmas with you. Please feel free to view the photo gallery. I added extra shots for you to enjoy. Our first friends showed …

 

Bike Riding the Canal du Midi – 40 Before 40

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  Since moving to southern France, we have pointed many tourists to the Canal du Midi for a relaxing bike ride along the shady tree covered path, where you make your own breeze on a hot summer’s day. Except one …

 

Line-ups and Traffic in France

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Living as a Canadian expat in France we notice some subtle differences. And others we just shake our heads and wonder, ‘How on earth did they get to that conclusion?’ #1 Line-Ups An interesting formation at the end of the …

 

Terrine Fois Gras

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French law states that “Foie gras belongs to the protected cultural and gastronomical heritage of France.” It is the liver of a duck fattened by force-feeding corn down the bird’s throat. Hungary produces 10% and Bulgaria 6% of this product and …

 

Pivotal Point – When Our Dreams Change

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  While working feverishly towards our dream of owning and running a B&B in southern France, our dream changed. This was a pivotal point of our journey. We found a magnificent project two kilometers outside of Capestang with three rental …

 

A Quiet Moment- Sunday Mass

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Saint Stephen’s collegiate Church in Capestang, Languedoc-Rousillon France, was built in the 14th century but never completed. Gothic architecture has the feel of a cathedral, with a large open ceiling, and beautiful stain glass windows. The Collegiate Church of St. …

 

Our Friend’s French Wedding

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Our family went to our first French wedding. Stephanie and Peter wed on July 7, 2012 in Capestang. Their daughter is in Angelina’s class and coincidentally shares the same name. They were our first friends in Capestang, also moving here …

 

How Do Kids Handle Change?

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  After 7 months on the road, we settle in to our new village routines. The kids have been through there own version of our family adventure, and although they loved most of it, they did find adjusting to life …

 

Mark Your Calendars

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  Home and Garden Channel Lucky in the Languedoc of France Tune In May 16th 2012 10:30 pm e/p Canadians Eva and Alfonz both share Hungarian roots and decided to raise their family in Europe, but the harsh Budapest winters …

 

Striar Family Adventures!

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When I use the term ‘International Family’ referring to ourselves, I think of our family travelling and living out of a bag, our world is our residence. For the Striar family the definition is even more defined, a true international …

 

How Much To Furnish A House In France?

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  How much does it cost to furnish a house in France? Lucky for us, we caught the SOLDE sales in France, and saved about 35-50% on all our household goods. Instead of buying the best deal, or the lowest …

 

Mont D’or Formage et Saucisse de Morteau

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  We join our friends, Daniel’s handball coach, his family, and their 4 kids, for another beautiful meal. Mont D’or is located on the Swiss boarder, a huge ski mountain, and world renown. And C, the father of the family, …

 

10 More Things I Miss About Canada

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#1 Lucerne Milk Canadian milk is so good and super fresh. I have a strange habit of dipping my Lays potato chips in my milk. I miss the habit, all though my waistline does not. #2 Packaged Gravy Mix Open …

 

French Onion Soup

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French Onion Soup Ingredients 5 onions – sliced in rings 4 cups beef broth or 1 litres of water plus 1 bouillon cubes salt & pepper to taste 1 tablespoon dried thyme 2 tablespoons dry sherry/port French bread sliced 4 …

 

Value in Giving Children Chores

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Is there value in giving children chores? Maybe a small task around the house or should children concern themselves with little more than play? Our parenting styles are all different. There are; attachment, nurturing, concerted cultivation, helicopter, strict, slow, punishment/reward, …

 

Marche Du Noel Capestang

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The Marche Du Noel is France’s annual Christmas market with all the things you need for a traditional holiday celebration.Most cities and villages have such a market in their area between the middle of November towards the end of December, …