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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.

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February 6 2010 7 06 /02 /February /2010 13:34

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January 27 2010 4 27 /01 /January /2010 07:06

Rue Vastel 

Rue Vastel, Cherbourg

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December 21 2009 2 21 /12 /December /2009 09:43

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This picture has nothing to do with my ranting down below.  It's just a nice photo I took in Tourlaville last spring of a boat sinking into the pond. 

Can you believe it?  The weather in most parts of Norhtern Europe has taken a turn for the worse and many people are stranded in train stations and airports.  It's typical for this time of year but the recent catastrophe with the Eurotunnel has everything and everyone running around like chickens with their heads cut off.  People were stuck on the train underneath the English Channel for close to 16 hours without electricity, food or air-conditioning.  One woman said that Eurotunnel employees suggested she take a plane or a ferry but these two modes of transportation are currently booked solid.  To add to her pain, she was told she could maybe drive !!! Whatever idiot said that ought to be fired.  How do you drive a car across the English Channel?  Dummy. . .  Anyway, due to train cancelations, my friend can not make it to his family's house in time for the holidays in the south of France.  To help him out, I told him I would drive him tomorrow.  So, I guess I won't be spending the holidays alone afterall.  I just finished packing and getting the house ready for my absence.  If I don't post anything for a few weeks, it will be because I will have little opportunity to connect to the internet.  My loyal readers will understand and I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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November 24 2009 3 24 /11 /November /2009 08:18
Yes, “Il pleut !”  It’s raining!  A stunning vision of a fantastically colorful Cherbourg is, sadly, something one cannot find today.  It has been raining like Noah’s flood for weeks now along with strong winds from the south.  The wet, dreary and cold look of the city remains constant with a melancholy sense of being trapped—having to stay indoors for days on end is not fun.  To make matters worse, it prevented me from attending French class yesterday.  (I am sorry, Madame Kernéis but I couldn’t get outside to drive or take the bus.  I hope you set aside some homework for me.)
Although Jacques Demy’s film, Les Parapluis de Cherbourg was filmed here in 1964, not much remains of the actual sets despite the fact that people come from all over the world to see what remains of the sites used in the film.  Fortunately, the umbrella boutique run by Madame Emery and her daughter Geneviève still exists albeit now a textiles shop.  The façade has changed little in the last 45 years and with a little imagination, one can still see that terribly bright, pink and green striped wallpaper inside!  But, like I said, you have to use your imagination… 
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