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More Markets: Dijon’s Les Halles

Dijon, France: More than Mustard While you’re in Dijon, be sure to visit Les Halles, one of France’s largest and best-known markets. It’s in the heart of Old Town, not far from the Place Darcy, with the start of rue de … Continue reading

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Vannes: St Vincent Ferrier

  I wrote a general introduction to Vannes earlier (see here ). It’s a lovely place, for many reasons, as I explained. Another interesting feature we noticed all around the city is the frequent reference to St Vincent, and … Continue reading

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Running Race, and a Book on Africa

Another serendipitous find in Vannes. Two actually: a special running race and a photographic book exhibition. At the time we were there in June, Vannes was hosting a very special Trail Running event: the L’ultra marin, billed as a race … Continue reading

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Laennec and the Stethoscope

This is for my daughter, who is a nurse. The stethoscope is probably the most recognisable of all pieces of medical equipment, and even young children identify it as representing a doctor or a nurse. So, when we were in … Continue reading

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A Hidden Corner of Paris

Hidden Corners of Paris—Square d’Orléans Paris, as does any big city, has crowds, rumbling traffic, noise. Sometimes it seems really hard to escape the hustle and bustle, but luckily Paris has many lovely parks where it’s possible to find some … Continue reading

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A Fanciful Afternoon at the Opera Garnier

The actual name is Opera National de Paris Palais Garnier, a 1,979-seat opera house, on Boulevard des Cappucines in the 9th arrondissement. It’s one of the icons of Paris, made doubly famous as Gaston Leroux used it as the setting … Continue reading

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French Huguenots in South Africa

We were recently in South Africa and while strolling through Stellenbosch, an attractive Cape Dutch town, we came across this Huguenot Commemorative Relief. It’s outside the Public Library, set into a long wall in a pretty little garden. This commemorative … Continue reading

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