Monday, November 28, 2022

Friday, November 11, 2022

breakfast of champignons


(champignons is French for mushrooms)  I'm still searching for the baconrooms.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

the drought of 2022


As with the entire world, we too are suffering from the results of climate change.  We are having one of the hottest and driest Augusts ever.  This photo is underneath the bridge over the Loire river.  Normally, there would be water flowing through this section closest to the shore.  Other sections still have a trickle of water but you'd be hard pressed to pass through in a small boat or even a canoe. Businesses and private residences are under water use restrictions.  Agriculture, including the wine making industry, is taking a huge hit.  Fortunately, our region has not yet been hit with fires as have other regions in France. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

summer surprise

A few weeks ago, a neighbor brought over a big basket of mushrooms that he had harvested from the local forest of Amboise.  Had it been fall, it would not have been a surprise.  However, given our current drought situation, I don't expect we'll see any more until the fall. If then.

Friday, March 18, 2022


An unusual phenomenon of sand from the Sahara desert being blown north to France has resulted in some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.  In addition, everything is covered in a fine layer of yellowish dust that will hopefully be washed away with the next rain. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

La Tour d'Or Blanc


This "tower of white gold" was inaugurated this weekend along with a festival of local food and wine. It stands almost 50 feet high at the end of the bridge leading into Amboise.  It pays homage to the white grape (Chenin Blanc) that fuels the white wines of the Loire Valley.  It also honors the wine makers themselves who worked closely with the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel to create this monumental work that overlooks the town and the river like a golden lighthouse.