Driving in France

While driving South in France yesterday from Brittany, I passed Saint Emilion, one of my favourite places to paint. Saint Emilion, a great place to make paintings is for many people Saint Emilion France personified. Saint Emilion is classified as ‘une Petite cité de caractère’ is also justifiably the most famous name for red wine. … Read more

Tooo much rain?

Toooo much rain ??? I am preparing to drive South on Monday to real sunshine and sunflowers To Toulouse, ‘The Rose City’,  and the glorious Tarn, join me if you wish or follow my blogs. This charming painting was made on location in the heart of L’Occitane, the Gaillac region of southern France, a region long … Read more

Important?

This might be important :
App to Warn Users of #Coronavirus Cases.
A new Israeli app can instantly tell users if they have crossed paths with someone known to have been infected with the coronavirus.
For more info try searching “#HaMagen”, #Israel.
In Hebrew Ha magen translates as ‘The Shield’.

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L’Occitane

Today I was asked one of those questions that
1. is so good I’d thought it should be shared.
2. I only know part of the answer so maybe you can tell me more?
My good friends of many years Sue and Edwin Morton who live in Canada asked, or at least, Edwin asked “isn’t Occitainie an administrative region in France? May have the ranking wrong”.
Sunrise 6 August
I responded with :

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Champagne, origins

Gaillac and Castel de Brames have several surprises for the world.
Only the Champagne department, is allowed by law to call its wines Champagne.
However, at Castel de Brames, Alain Boullenger makes fine a sparking wine using the ancient method from which Champagne originated.
 
In his gift box given to me, Alain has included 2 bottles for lucky me 😀!
 
The origins of Champagne…
Long ago there was a monk who worked with the Gaillac wines at the Abbaye Saint Michele ….
about Champagne
Abbaye Saint Michel, Gaillac

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