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Searching for ghosts

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You cross the drawbridge and enter the ramparts searching for ghosts. There should be many; Carcassonne has a sad and brutal history that spans 3000 years. But if they are in the cité today, the ghosts are silent. You are in southern France, not far from Toulouse. There have been Celts living here, then Romans,…

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Roman holiday

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Let’s go wandering together. October 2011

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Oh boy, 2011

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Happy New Year! Are you excited? Renewed? Planning new adventures? I sure am, but it was rather therapeutic today to think through the year that was. (Hint: as you read this, you might even discover a special little surprise I’ve been keeping up my sleeve for a while now.) January Harvested a veritable vegetable bounty…

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Adelaide weekend

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Day 1: guests for the weekend – dear friends long missed; hugs and more hugs; exploring the Central Markets; eggs for leisurely breakfast at an old cafe; loading up with fresh cheeses, tomatoes on the vine, hummus, beetroot dip, radishes, still-warm baguettes and a tray of glowing nectarines; talking, talking, talking together; making lemonade with…

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Each of us was new

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It was one of those gentle, magical days. A gift. We were in Nice, France. We wandered through the Old Town until I found the perfect striped straw bag I had been searching for, then took it with us to the open-air markets. There we bought olives, strawberries and enormous green grapes, warm from the…

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The road. Again

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On Friday Mr B and I took to the road (again) and drove 1500 kilometres in two days. That’s not even close to a record for us, but it was still bloody exhausting. We do love a road trip, but this one somehow left us feeling old. On the other hand, what a wonderful weekend…

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Hot dog

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Met on the path to the castle in Nice, France. Happy Thursday! Yours truly, Naomi

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Adelaide insta-weekend

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At the park, rain-mist and a light breeze build goosebumps up and down my arms, welcome after a sweltering yesterday. We toss a ball for Oliver until he gets so weary he runs away with it and lies down under a tree, one paw possessively on the ball and a suspicious eye on the three…

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Our lady

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I walked into a church last month and it felt like a mother’s arms around me. I don’t even like churches, let alone grand cathedrals. But in this one, you could almost see the prayers like butterflies, floating to the heavens. The church was the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, and I couldn’t have been…

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Paris, je t’aime

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Keeping company with Shakespeare

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“Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.” It is a haven in the city. You fight your way over Pont Neuf to the Left Bank, through traffic and bicycles and dogs and cafes spilling out onto pavements and waiters flagging down tourists, until you reach a quiet, tree-lined square that was…

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Paris flea markets

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Reason #612 why I need an apartment in Paris: so that I will have a place to put all the amazing and ridiculously cheap finds at Paris’ several marchés aux puces (flea markets). I need space, par example, for that antique typewriter; that gloriously carved and upholstered chair; that ancient Turkish lantern; those three concertina…

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