ONE of the joys of French living is arriving at a boulangerie in the morning to pick up a loaf and to savour the aroma and atmosphere of the shop.
I was fortunate enough to have a small boulangerie close to where I lived and even went out on the bread run one day, so it was great to read about blogger Ken Broadhurst's own trip to pick up a baguette.
He writes about the choice of shops he has close to his home in Saint-Aignan, in the Loire Valley, and the joy of taking his own bread run to a boulangerie deep in the vineyards.
Everything looked and smelled really good, as you would expect, but the thing that stood out was a fougasse, a.k.a. a foccaccia, a long flat bread adorned with lardons of smoked pork and covered with melted Gruyère cheese. Wouldn't some of that be good with a big bowl of vegetable soup?
Talking of discovering things hidden away, why not take a tour around the Megaliths of the Grand Ouest with journalist and photographer Steve Mansfield-Devine.
His interest in standing stones started as a boy, but since moving over to France he is now able to reach many of the monoliths and stone circles found in Brittany, and with his camera to hand is keen to document as many of these mysterious places as possible.
Staying in Brittany and you might want to drop in on a new blog called Gallic Grapevine, which is written by Nicole and although in its early days there is already a tale of helping with the village Christmas fete.
Finally, as a bit of a bonus, and although not very French, I thought the classical music lovers out there might enjoy this page that highlights websites where you can listen to free recordings from many famous composers.
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