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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Eclectic music man

  Hear bagpipes and think of kilt-wearing Scotsmen, but the history of this woodwind instrument may go back more than a thousand years. Consisting of blowpipe or bellows, […]

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Agen museum is home to art and artifacts

    Thousands of pieces — from archaeological artifacts to art — are housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Agen (musée des Beaux-Arts d’Agen). The museum was founded by Agen […]

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Périgueux’s window to the ancient world

  Two-thousand years ago, a large Gallo-Roman domus (an urban villa) stood near the center of the ancient town of Périgueux. Visitors today can see the remains of […]

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Périgueux is remedy for the winter blahs

  Remember way back to the last day of 2017? It was sunny and warm … a most welcome respite from this gray rainy winter. Eager to take […]

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Belcastel melds medieval past with modern art

  A common tale is that of a once-magnificent castle that falls into ruin. Thankfully, the story of the Château de Belcastel in Aveyron (12) has a much […]

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Detour to the Tourtrès windmill

  Our relaxed lives here in south west France mean we are rarely in a hurry. Out on a drive one pretty day on our way to do […]

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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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