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Cosette FRÉVAL ~ weaver of hemp, linen and wool ~ Saint Rémy-sur-Creuse (86)


A few days ago Sandra and I had the pleasure of meeting  with a local artisan weaver and fabric designer, Cosette FRÉVAL. Cosette has been interested in weaving since she was 18 years of age. She, with her husband, Guy,  … Continue reading

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What’s on July 2015: Ethni’Cité, village troglodyte


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Ferrière Larçon ~ further history & views of this remarkable village in the South Touraine


For the past month or so I have been taking weekly French lessons with my friend Patrice Arnould who lives in Ferrière Larçon in the South Touraine. So, recently, I took the opportunity to walk around and explore further the … Continue reading

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Ferrière Larçon, a quiet Sunday morning for fishing, strolling and cave-peering


Last Sunday my friend, Colin (The Frugal Gourmet) Dyson and I took a break from fly-fishing and went for a stroll along the banks of the River Larçon  at Ferrière Larçon in the South Touraine. This sweet, picturesque village is set … Continue reading

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A cordier in the South Touraine c.1948


Towards the end of this entry is terrific image from the book I bought last year, Visage de la Touraine. It shows a local man carrying out the lost art of rope-making beside a river in the South Touraine ~ … Continue reading

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Ethni’Cité Museum ~ Saint-Rémy-sur-Creuse


The Loire Valley is the number one region in France for subterranean dwellings. Along with with the Materra in South of Italy and Andalusia in South of Spain it is the most important place in Europe for exploring troglodyte living. … Continue reading

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15th Century Cannabis Growing at Chinon


Born at Seuilly near the city of Chinon in the Touraine, François Rabbelais was a French Renaissance writer, a Franciscan monk, humanist surgeon and physician. He was also the  writer of classic comic novels which belittled the Catholic Church and … Continue reading

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