Mimi, Rodolfo, the Spacemen and the Mime

Formerly known as La Bohème. Unusual, provocative, a new approach, absolutely, but how it relates to the music and libretto I cannot tell you. It seemed like the management had double-booked the theatre. There were two unrelated productions on the stage simultaneously. On stage-right you have Mimi and Rodolfo declaring their love, falling out, and … Continue reading Mimi, Rodolfo, the Spacemen and the Mime

A Basic Right

I have (too) often railed about the French bureaucratic morass that can make the simplest transaction an interminable nightmare, so it is only fair to report on the most positive development of my time here: I have received my social security number, my entry ticket to the national health insurance program. I am not a … Continue reading A Basic Right

Searching for Vincent

Finally managed to get my butt out of Maury for a few days, motion triggered by an invitation from my friends Mike and Martha to join them for a few days among the swells of St. Tropez. First stop, Arles, where I thought I’d catch a few photo exhibitions from the Rencontres and stalk the … Continue reading Searching for Vincent

An Interesting Sunday in Maury

I walked down to the kiosque for the annual Vide Grenier which translates as “empty attic.” It’s a village-wide garage sale that all the communes around here host from time to time. There were about forty venders who had taken the time to clean out their garages or attics and haul the stuff down to … Continue reading An Interesting Sunday in Maury

Harvest

Around here, the start of harvest is like opening day of the baseball season, full of anticipation and uncertainty. Is all the fruit truly ripe? Are the rookies ready? Will the old vines continue to produce? Do the veterans have another year in them? Will this year’s pickers work hard and well? Will the free … Continue reading Harvest

The Feast of St. John

The Bonfires of St. John, a Midsummer tradition particularly popular in Catalonia, dates back to pre-Christian summer solstice celebrations but has become associated with the birth date of St. John, June 24. Here in Northern Catalonia, we add the association with the Canigou flame, a symbol of Catalan identity, by simulating the bringing of fire … Continue reading The Feast of St. John