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Languedoc dogs

May 24, 2011
Languedoc dogs

Look out, winery dogs of Napa Valley. Yes, I know you’re cute and featured in all sorts of books and articles, but let me tell you after a week touring the French wine country of the Languedoc I’ve seen some cute little chiens that can certainly give you a run for your money. Take...
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Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

May 17, 2011
Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

Somewhere between the vegetable gazpacho and the duck confit, I realized my hike in La Clape, part of the Languedoc wine region of France, was just a little different than my usual treks up and down the canyons of Berkeley. It could have been the sign warning of a steep hill ahead that carried...
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Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

May 16, 2011
Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

Two things are vital if you want to chase stars at the Cannes Film Festival. First, you need to know a clued-in and friendly paparazzi. Second, wear flats. This is how I came to be pounding along the narrow streets of the Cannes waterfront in the wee hours of a Riviera morning, following a...
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Cannes without cash

May 13, 2011
Cannes without cash

Can you do Cannes without cash? Yes, you can! Due to a series of technical difficulties I found myself yesterday with not a sou, but thanks to friends and credit cards, I was soon taking the train from Nice to Cannes. Here I learned something. If you want directions to the fabulous waterfront Hotel...
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Living the nice life, in Nice

May 12, 2011
Living the nice life, in Nice

Bonjour and greetings from the French Riviera. Vinecdote is on the road again, this time visiting Nice and the wine country of the Languedoc. The picture above is the view from the apartment where I’m staying. Cary Grant hasn’t come scrambling over the red-tiled roofs, but I expect him any minute now. Yesterday, I...
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Languedoc dogs

Look out, winery dogs of Napa Valley. Yes, I know you’re cute and featured in all sorts of books and articles, but let me...
Read More »

Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

Somewhere between the vegetable gazpacho and the duck confit, I realized my hike in La Clape, part of the Languedoc wine region of France,...
Read More »

Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

Two things are vital if you want to chase stars at the Cannes Film Festival. First, you need to know a clued-in and friendly...
Read More »

Cannes without cash

Can you do Cannes without cash? Yes, you can! Due to a series of technical difficulties I found myself yesterday with not a sou,...
Read More »

Living the nice life, in Nice

Bonjour and greetings from the French Riviera. Vinecdote is on the road again, this time visiting Nice and the wine country of the Languedoc....
Read More »



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