Mimi and her husband live in the Lot-et-Garonne, (hence the “punny” title of this blog) and are constantly discovering the delights and challenges of living and travelling in France.

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School’s out for Toussaint — Kid-friendly fun

Autumn school holidays are upon us. It’s been more than a decade since I’ve had to worry about keeping kids entertained during school breaks, but I remember it well. […]

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Casseneuil: Medieval charm on three rivers

  With its half-timbered houses from the 13th to 15th centuries, the little village of Casseneuil retains much of its medieval charm. If you find yourself in the […]

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A supersize viaduct with a side of gorges

  As summer begins to ebb, we embark on a mini-vacation to Millau and Les Gorges du Tarn, about 3.5 hours southeast of the Dordogne. A few years […]

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Explore prehistory in a dazzling new setting

    The accidental discovery of the Lascaux cave in the Périgord region of southwest France can be credited to a dog named Robot. It was 77 years […]

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Lilies and lunch at Latour-Marliac

The name most people associate with water lilies is Claude Monet — not Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac. But Latour-Marliac’s contribution to water lily cultivation is arguably more significant than the famous […]

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Art parcourse urges visitors to circulate

A lone wooden shack stands beside a lake in a town park. A wooden water monster winds through the grounds of a presbytery. The face of an abandoned building […]

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Miramont honors its circus past

  The traditional circus is waning — perhaps for the best — as the taming and training of wild animals has fallen out of favor. However the old-time circus with […]

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Views, color and character converge in Loubressac

Enticed by history, architecture, gardens or views, I have visited more small villages than I can count in my five years living in France. When the weather is fine, […]

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Meet Dounyo, the glass-bender

  I am one of those people who, when passing an artisan’s shop, peek in the window but am shy about actually entering because I think I may […]

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Visions of liberté in Marmande

Galerie Égrégore in Marmande (47) opens its summer season with a freedom-themed exposition. The gallery put out a call to artists throughout France to create pieces depicting their […]

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