New release

Screenshot 2019-10-14 at 11.51.17It took a couple of hours last night but I downloaded and installed the latest Apple operating system IOS Catalina on my MacBook Air.

I always feel quite uncomfortable doing that with the fear of messing things up.

Of course a complete back-up before hand is part of the exercise.

So now today I am investigating the new software changes and trying to discover the changes. So far most of it does not interest me or should I say are more of an hindrance. But I suppose I shall get used to it.

My older iMac which in fact is my preferred workhorse is too old for the latest releases.

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Holiday plan 2020

One or two things are booked already but most of the plan is simply a plan at this stage. I shall obviously not dilvuge for safety reasons when each trip is planned. So here are in no particular order our thoughts for 2020.

  • Morocco

Made it to Agadir earlier this year and we liked the atmosphere and the weather. This time we want to add Marrakesh for a few days and coach it from there to Agadir.

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Marrakesh town

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Agadir beach












  • Italy – Florence
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Beautiful Florence

Despite my many trips, mainly business, to Italy, I never had the opportunity to visit Florence. This I intend to remedy next year. In fact my friends C&J have already rented a gîte for a few weeks and we shall join them there for a while. It is quite a drive away but very conveniently located mid-way is the apartment in Cavalaire so overnight stops on the way there and back will make the trip a doodle


  • Ireland – Dublin & Cork

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Looking forward to the pubs in Dublin

Again this is a country I have never been to. I went a few times on business to Northern Ireland in the 80’s at the height of the “Troubles” and never really felt to happy there and that did not give me the desire to visit the south. In the meantime, blame Brexit for that one, my spouse has obtained the Irish nationality and passport on top of her British one.

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Furthermore we can fly directly to either Cork and Dublin for our little airport in Carcassonne. It is a mere 250 kms between the two towns. Everybody we know who have been there simply loved it. So we have no choice but to get there ourselves in 2020.


  • Germany – Hannover / Gehrden / Algermissen & Munich

It is clear that we must go back to Germany which was our home for 30 years and where our children and grandchildren still live in Hannover and Region. So and as usual 2 trips of  around a week each are planned. It is always a pleasure to meet family and friends.

Screenshot 2019-10-13 at 18.11.12.pngSome friends used to live in Munich before moving to the South of France a couple of years ago. They return regularly to visit friends and in fact were there, coinciding with the Oktoberfest, a couple of weeks ago. I think that a few of us have agreed to join them next year. Not a new experience for me but I do not mind doing it again.

  • Paris

There are a couple of shows and exhibitions I am interested in. So I plan to train it there and add a few days to visit family and friends. Always a pleasure to visit my growing up home town.

  • Croatia – Split

Every year we try and visit a town that none of us (my wife and I) have been before. It is always at the same time of year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Next year we might be looking at Croatia (Split).

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  • France – Côte d’Azur / Marseille
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Region PACA

This is part of a ritual I cannot ignore. I have a few friends living on the coast in places like Bandol, Hyeres, Cavalaire, St Tropez etc. So a couple times a year I jump in the car and head there. Next year will be no exception.

  • Brittany

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Every year we have a friend’s reunion. Friends from the 60’s I might add. It has already been decided next year will be in Brittany. Obviously one needs a few days.


  • Occitanie

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And of course I still need to discover many places in my new region so there will be for sure a fair amount of day trips and/or long weekends doing just that.

  • Spain – Roses / L’Escala

Living so close to the Spanish border, it is easy to go there even if it is just for the day. It always feels like a holiday. On top of this, some good friends from Carcassonne are now mooring their boat in L’Escala SO no doubt we shall enjoy a few days there in the summer.

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It looks like we might be quite busy. Not too sure how we shall fit it all in.

Happy times

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Market day

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There are 3 markets during the week in Carcassonne which all take place in the main square in the middle of town. Two smaller one on Tuesdays and Thursday and the major on



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It is a colourful affair as well as a meeting place. What I appreciate the most is that it is mainly local products which come and go with the seasons. This morning you could clearly see that the melon season is over over, melons you could buy up to 5 for €3 only a couple of weeks ago.




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Last week the first purple artichokes were available although no longer to be seen today, I have been assured of full availability later this coming week.





One could clearly see that autumn has arrived

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Happy shopping everyone


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Summer in Calpe (Spain). This photo brings back a few memories of 17 years ago in July 2002. I just realised I still wear that shirt. It must be good quality.

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Bandes dessinées

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It looks like another busy weekend ahead. The 4th “Bandes Dessinées” (BD) festival is taking place in Lagrasse which is a mere 35 kms from here.

More details are available when following this link.

Jean-Michel Arroyo is the honorary president. Let us not forget he is the author of all the original Buck Danny classics. I have all of them by the way…


Happy reading

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A new hobby maybe?

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I have sort of decided to learn to fly drones and pass the necessary licenses to do this legally.

I have also a few ideas as their possible use and maybe make some money on the side out of it.


Next step is to find out where, how etc.

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Fête du vin

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I am looking forward to this year’s Fête du vin in Carcassonne Place Carnot on October 17th and 18th.

Apart from the possibility to taste and meet local “vignerons”, there is quite a musical program to be enjoyed.

More details can be found on the following links:

Thursday October 17th

Friday October 18th`



Hoping to meet a few friends there

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