Sea, sand and pines

The Atlantic coast, between the huge Garonne estuary and Bayonne, is essentially one long, straight, North to South line. The untameable and infinite Atlantic Ocean squares up with the Eurasian continent, in the shape of the huge Landes de Gascogne. In between, the Côte d’Argent, the Silver Coast, a 250 km-long beach. The vast andContinue reading “Sea, sand and pines”

The French art of conversation

The French are famous across the world for their love of debate (some say, their love of arguing). So let me explain how to think (and argue) like the French. Let us start with an example of how the French take a compliment. Person A says to person B “Your hair looks lovely today”. PersonContinue reading “The French art of conversation”

Let them eat bread

Wine is France’s most iconic food export, but bread and cheese are the other two staples of French diet. One day I will write about the cheeses of France, and the wines of course. But today I want to celebrate bread. It is the main source of carbohydrates in a typical French diet. Un gagne-pain,Continue reading “Let them eat bread”

Departing the départements

Yesterday was the first day of my road-trip through France, and I broke the only rule I had fixed myself – no more than one département per day. The idea was to travel slow, to give a chance to all the “drive-through” places of France, those with not much tourist attention, the deep France (“laContinue reading “Departing the départements”