Spring                   2013
VOL. 17                 NO. 2


  The Independent Traveler's Newsletter

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The Winners of our 
    Photo Contest

Twisted Tongues
     ~ Challenging French phrases

Ici et Là 

The Bookshelf
  ~ A Tour of the Heart
  a book by Maribeth Clemente

Spend a Day at the
    Lime Flower Festival in July

Allée des Tilleuls, La Borde Maison d'Hôtes, Yonne.  Copyright R. Klomp.  All rights reserved.
Lime Tree Alley (Allée des tilleuls)
at La Borde Maison d'Hôtes, Burgundy

Notre Dame's 
    Archeological Crypt
    by Arthur Gillette

Featuring:  Fall in love with
    These French Villages
    Part III

Weddings in Provence
  by Anita Rieu-Sicart

Meudon's Clean Forest Day 

                                                                   "Photography is truth."   -  Jean-Luc Godard,  Paris-born film director
Passage Through Time.  Copyright Bruce Hartley.  All rights reserved.
We are very pleased to announce the winner of our Second Readers' Choice photo contest ~  it is the photo 'Passage through Time' taken by Bruce Hartley of Innerkip, Ontario, Canada in the wonderful village of St-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, in late summer of 2011.  As with our first contest two years ago, our winner is once again a Canadian!  Bruce will receive a year's subscription to France Magazine, the excellent quarterly published by the French-American Cultural Foundation in Washington, DC. 
Bruce's love of photography and travel began as a student when he did a year of studies at Aix-Marseille University.  His career in education provided several opportunities for return visits to France with students. Now retired, he and his wife continue to travel extensively, however France remains their favorite destination.  His winning photo was taken with a Canon Rebel digital SLR camera as the couple walked along the ancient city walls.  Just as he prepared to photograph the scene, a woman dressed in black appeared to complete the image. [Readers can see more of Bruce's photos at www.brucehartleyphotography.weebly.com.]

The second place photo was a mere five votes behind the first ~ this delightful scene in the Béarn village of Buziet during the the summer of 2012 was taken by Elizabeth Claverie of Novato, California, while she was visiting family in the region. Her camera was a tiny Panasonic Lumix.  She will receive a gift of illustrated French château note cards courtesy of the web site au Château.

Herd in Buziet.  Copyright Elizabeth Claverie.  All rights reserved.Elizabeth tells us that she goes to France periodically to visit her father's family in the little village of Buziet ~ her grandfather was born in the house in the photo. She said, "My sister and I were showing the house to my grandson and met the man who lives in the house now, and he enthusiastically gave us a tour and a box of things that were left in the house by my grandfather's nephews ... a couple of them were builders, and in the box was a collection of handmade wooden planes used for building, my grandfather's wedding picture from America as well as an assortment of other pictures and papers. We felt instantly connected to the house and the area and then to the cows, which just happened to walk by as we were bidding adieu to the new owner."

Our thanks to all of those who participated by sending in their photos and to those who took time to vote for their favorites. It was not possible to provide a gift for third place, as we had a 4-way tie!      [Please click on the photos to see a larger and more detailed version of each.]

Look inside. . . with a click 

> to read about the growing popularity of having a glamorous and very romantic wedding in Provence.


> and follow Arthur Gillette down into the visit the mysterious and intriguing crypts beneath Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral.


> to join in the cycling adventure, A Tour of the Heart, our Bookshelf selection, by Maribeth Clemente, author of several acclaimed shopping guides to Paris and France.


> if you will be in the Rhône-Alpes département of the Drôme the 3rd weekend of July, you won't want to miss the Lime Flower Festival in Buis-les-Baronnies.


> for our feature article, Part III of Fall in Love with These French Villages.

> to accompany the good citizens of Meudon near Paris as they do their part for their environment on Clean Forest Day.


                                                                                                                                                                   by Arthur Gillette

Welcome to our new page one feature, replacing Paris Enigmas after more than a decade-long run.  This is a French word game everyone can play.  See if you can come up with the correct translation of the phrase in question.  You may be quite surprised by how it differs from what you first thought it meant.

Phrase: Faire bombance = "go bombing"? No!

Look for the correct translation in our Summer newsletter.  Have fun!

Contact Arthur Gillette to take advantage of his amazing knowledge of Paris
by enjoying one or more of his Paris Through the Ages Strolls. 
Visit our Marketplace page for a complete list of strolls and information about Arthur.
Email: pouchkine38@gmail.com



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