Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dissing the Poor of Provence


France continues to be a land of double-digit unemployment and considerable economic discontent, as  far-right National Front party’s gains in this year’s municipal election show.  Yet affluent Aix-en-Provence for the most part co-exists cordially with the street people who sit quietly in front of churches and outside other well-traveled locations seeking a handout. Today we…

Seeing Cassis, by Foot and By Boat


The village of Cassis keeps pulling us back. We’ve visited by ourselves, with Kathy’s sister and with my cousins.  This weekend we’ll return with my brother.  There’s good reason.  The village itself is a great place to relax, to enjoy a meal of fish straight from the sea,  to sip the region’s excellent white wine…