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An American retires (early, please note) from her job as a newspaper editor in Nevada, and shares her (often) humorous perspective on discovering the delights of southwest France and beyond. More Info

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Lot of Livin’

Lot of Livin’

Lidoire valley villages

February 17, 2017 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

One recent sunny afternoon, we drive a short distance to explore some towns we’ve never heard of. The Lidoire is a tributary of the Dordogne river. The most famous city… Read more…

In the pink: Montauban

January 25, 2017 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

A recent day trip to Montauban, the largest city in the Tarn-et-Garonne, yields some pleasant surprises. So many villages in this area of France seem to be suffering — as… Read more…

Where’s the fairest of them all?

January 3, 2017 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

I find myself drawn to les plus beaux villages de France — the most beautiful villages in France. A town with this designation almost always guarantees that a stop here will… Read more…

Pure gold: Bordeaux’s La Cité du Vin

December 14, 2016 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

It’s probably safe to say that if you live in or simply adore France, you have more than a passing interest in wine. I’m a fan, but by no means… Read more…

More delights of the Entre-deux-Mers

December 1, 2016 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

Today I am sharing some miscellaneous memories of a recent day trip through the Entre-deux-Mers. This area, translated to “between two seas” actually is between two rivers: the Dordogne and… Read more…

Ancient Gensac

November 17, 2016 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

The village of Gensac in the Gironde department claims the official distinction of un village ancien. I am unsuccessful in my attempts to find out more about this classification, but… Read more…

Visit Rauzan, but phone ahead

November 3, 2016 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

A recent visit to the village of Rauzan in the Entre-deux-Mers area of the Gironde department teaches me a valuable lesson: Phone ahead. The town boasts two attractions — ruins of… Read more…

Toussaint: A day to remember

October 20, 2016 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

Toussaint (All Saints’ Day) and Halloween are the perfect excuses to share some photographs I have taken in cemeteries during the past year. The Toussaint holiday is well regarded in… Read more…

Lights go up again on Lauzun stage

October 8, 2016 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

After around 50 years of being in the dark, the lights go up on Lauzun’s newly renovated theater stage. Well, the lights don’t actually go up until about 10 minutes… Read more…

That alligator is smiling at me

September 15, 2016 by Mimi Beck Knudsen

There’s nothing quite like looking an alligator in the eye. Even better: watching an 8-year-old garçon look an alligator in the eye. We recently took our little buddy who just… Read more…