MY GRAPE ESCAPE is FREE for download

MY GRAPE ESCAPE is FREE for download

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A Skeptic's Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A Skeptic's Pilgrimage to Lourdes

When I was diagnosed with a rare and untreatable auto-immune liver disease five years ago called PSC I had no idea how to cope. My family has always had horse-shoes shoved up their rears as far as health went. Nobody in my family had ever, as I have come to call it, "lost their medical virginity" i.e. been diagnosed with a disease that could prove fatal. 

I had no road map to follow. Franck, however, did...

A Beaune Morning

A Beaune Morning

I have been slowly going through my photos taken over the past five years of our summers in Burgundy with the girls. I'm posting some here some of my favorites taken during one sunny August market morning in Beaune.

Five Further French Habits to Adopt

Five Further French Habits to Adopt

Thanks to the popularity of my first two posts in this series, Five Life-Enhancing French Habits to Adopt Today and Three More French Habits to Enhance Your Life I've come up with some further things I was first exposed to during my many years living in France and which add pleasure, ease, and authenticity to our daily lives here at chez Germain, such as...

Chasing the January Blues - My Grape Year FREE from January 5-9th

Chasing the January Blues - My Grape Year FREE from January 5-9th

January can be tough. The excitement and cheese consumption of the holidays are sadly over. The Month of Reckoning has begun - our bank balances are depleted, our belts are significantly tighter, and we discover yet again that New Year's Resolutions aren't as much fun to keep as to make.  

Joyeux Noël

Joyeux Noël

Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases, whether you find yourselves in Burgundy, or Africa, or Northern Canada. I hope you are surrounded by loved ones and joy. Here is an excerpt I wrote about a past Christmas in Burgundy (including plenty of food & wine porn) when we were knee deep in renovations at La Maison des Chaumes...Joyeux Noël!

Brocante tour of La Maison de La Vieille Vigne

Brocante tour of La Maison de La Vieille Vigne

Following my recent blog post about the antiques we found to furnish La Maison des Chaumes (our other vacation rental in Villers-la-Faye) here is a peek at our finds at La Maison de la Vieille Vigne - our 16th Century restored winemaker's cottage just steps from the Burgundian vineyards... 

French Shutters

French Shutters

One of the things I love most about our slower days in France is the routine of opening up the shutters at La Maison des Chaumes in the morning and shutting them again in the evening... 

Contemplating the Fall Colors of Burgundy

Contemplating the Fall Colors of Burgundy

I remember watching out that bus window as the color evolved and changed day by day. After the flurry and excitement of my arrival in France, those fall vineyards put me in a contemplative mood, full of wonderings and questions about what the next three seasons in France would bring... 

Al Fresco Deliciousness in France

Al Fresco Deliciousness in France

One of our favourite things to do in Burgundy is to have picnics. There are so many stunning spots around Beaune, Magny-les-Villers, and Villers-la-Faye and something about the fresh air and sunlight make the already delicious french food taste even better...

My Grape Year Available FREE to Amazon Prime Members

My Grape Year Available FREE to Amazon Prime Members

Just a quick head's up that for a limited time My Grape Year - the first book in my GRAPE series - is available for free to Amazon Prime members through the newly launched Amazon Prime Reading Program.

It All Started With a House in France

It All Started With a House in France

Our French vacation rentals began with our simple, typically Burgundian village house in Magny-les-Villers - La Maison des Deux Clochers.  It happened to date back to the same year the Revolutionaries in Paris stormed the Bastille, but it waited for us until 1998. 

We were in no position to buy a house in France, especially not one built in 1789 that undoubtedly held a bouquet of surpises for us along the lines of ancient plumbing and a leaking roof (and nesting snakes in the cellar, as it turned out)...