Monthly Archives: November 2015
On this most recent trip to Carcassonne we did a lot of window shopping. Once we move we won’t have a car so we used the rental car this time to visit stores on the outskirts of town. All of those will still be accessible to us on a 30 to 45-minute walk or a very quick bus ride that costs 1 euro. The house we’ll be living in is fully furnished down to the knives and forks so there won’t be much other than food that we’ll need to buy on a regular basis. We just figured that since we had the car we might as well use it. Read the rest of this entry
You may have read my blog post from last month that Bill bought me a Fitbit® which keeps track of your physical activity including the number of steps you take. Since I currently cover somewhere over 7 miles a day on a treadmill, and we won’t have a gym in France, he wanted to make sure I’d be able to keep track. Thoughtful, huh? Actually it really was and I like it so much he got one for himself and has become more of a fanatic about achieving his daily step quota than I. Read the rest of this entry
Less than a year ago we bought a new Honda® Accord and now, even before it needs its first oil change, we’re selling it. Bill’s sister-in-law Elaine needed a new car and we certainly can’t take it with us so it was a perfect match. Twenty-five years ago we bought essentially the same vehicle but in the basic version. This time around we got all the bells and whistles and it really has been a comfortable ride. Hey Elaine, do you need a house in Atlanta? We have one of those for sale as well!
Thanks to everyone who sent us the info about how drinking champagne might improve your memory. You certainly know our taste! If you haven’t seen the report going around the news, a study was conducted in England where mice who were given champagne were better able to complete a maze than those who did not get any bubbly. Apparently the antioxidants in the drink helped their brains function better. But what if you’re on a beer budget? Read the rest of this entry
You’ve probably heard of the apparent contradiction that the French have a low incidence of heart disease despite consuming seemingly large amounts of saturated fats. There is at least one very successful diet book based on this Paradox that includes dairy, red meat, and wine every day. We can confirm from just general observations, at least at traditional gathering points for the locals such as the open-air market, the butcher shop, the seafood vendor, etc. that it continues to be true. Interestingly we saw yesterday that the building that used to house a well-known US based hamburger chain is now a café/brasserie serving individually prepared meals from all fresh ingredients. No one getting fat here! Read the rest of this entry
This morning the city of Carcassonne held a memorial service to remember all of the innocent people killed in last night’s attacks in Paris. We join them in that moment of silence.
We went to Trader Joe’s® today and I’ll let you guess why based on the accompanying photo. You may recall that we’ve been “shopping from the pantry” trying to use up all of the food that we still have stored on the shelves. That policy applies to the wine cellar as well and it would appear that we’ve done a really good job of clearing the shelves down there! If you’ve been to our house you know that these wine racks are typically full just in case a hurricane hits Atlanta and it’s unsafe to drink the water. Read the rest of this entry