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Today we showed them Africa – Antarctica, under the sea to the ocean’s floor, to the moon and the solar system beyond, on this fun filled day planned with kids in mind. Montpellier offers so much to do and see, …

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Carnaval is an event that usually takes place before lent in most Catholic communities. Monsieur Carnaval, a giant paper-mache man, represents all the bad that has gone on during the course of the last year. The community celebrates Carnaval by …

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Once upon a time a Canadian family decided to go on a one year sabbatical in hopes to find a new life in Europe that centered around the idea of spending more time together. They searched Europe looking for viable …

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  Milano has a hop on hop off bus tour like Barcelona and Budapest. Without a car, we decide to try the two day tour for 20€. Pleased to start off at Piazza Castello where the Sforza castle is located, …

Piazza Dei Mercanti & Duomo Roof Top View

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  Milano! You either love it or hate it here or at least that’s what the tourist book says. Milano on first glance is noisy, crowded, busy and dirty. On second glance you will find a lively culture, with people …

 

Daniel Tree Climbing Extraordinaire

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Melted cheese under a grill, served over boiled potatoes and a variety of traditional meats. We spend our Sunday afternoon sampling the fine wines of the Languedoc. After, our hosts take us for a walk to work off our lunch. …

 

Hidden Gem – CAC34 Music Café

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A double bass guitar strums next to a trumpet player in the corner of a smoke filled café and a swank girl with a raspy voice belts out a jazzy tune. A typical French cabaret is where Audrey Hepburn in the movie …

 

Showing Mom Barcelona – Photo Gallery

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Mom has been visiting our family in France for over six weeks and with Daniel and Angelina’s school schedule, we have not shown her much of France or the neighbouring countries. We decided to change all that and take her …

 

Gaudi’s Güell Park – Barcelona Spain

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Gaudi created Güell Park with the intension of establishing an elite neighbourhood for 60 houses in a setting high on the hillside, away from the smoke and pollution of the city of Barcelona below. The park and its roads were …

 

Picasso Museum – Barcelona

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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 …

 

Sagrada Familia Basilica – Barcelona Spain

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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 …

 

New Year’s Resolutions 2013

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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 …

 

Guinness Book of World Record Holder – ‘Musée du Jouet’ Valrus Beach

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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 …