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Thanks for resting your eyeballs here for a moment.(They are resting, right?) If you rest them a little longer, you may learn some interesting,(hopefully)entertaining, and, yes, ocassionally BIZARRE things about French Country life. (more…)

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Bicycle Gourmet’s Non Chocolate Easter Eggs


Bicycle Gourmet’s Non Chocolate Easter Eggs. They’re tasty! They’re colorful! but…they’re not chocolate. However, on the plus side, unlike the chocolate variety, DA BG’s Non Chocolate Easter Eggs are Permanent.  They will live as long as you do. Maybe longer.

Another huge bennie is the fact that unlike the chocolate kind, which only bring enjoyment one time, the Non Chocolate Eggs of The Bicycle Gourmet Easter Variety will bring you oddles of joy,contentment(and possibly inspiration) every day.

Now, don’t get the idea I’m dissin’ the chocolate variety. No Sir and Ma’m! I will be chowin’ down on them as well. (Gotta love those chocolate bunnies!) But, I always like to offer you experiences that are, well…”off the beaten track.” (As you’re probably aware) And what could be MORE off the trail of regular hum-drum predictable than Non Chocolate Easter Eggs From the Bicycle Gourmet?

Just one thing to keep in mind. They’re not edible. Ok, you could chow down on them if you’re either very hungry, a little weird, or both. But they wouldn’t be “tasty” in that sense.

You’ll understand exactly what i mean when you check out : the Bicycle Gourmet’s Non Chocolate Easter Eggs

And hey, Happy Easter!

Throw me A Bone Here, People!

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Why Choose Bicycle Gourmet’s Photography Course Workshop France 2014?

Why Choose Bicycle Gourmet’s Photography Course Workshop France 2014?


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Good question! And, as you would expect DA BG has the answer.

While I am generally regarded as an all around environmentally conscious recyclin’ organic,bio, tree-hugger type-o- guy who doesn’t kick his dog, helps old ladies across the street, brushes regularly and watches between meal treats, there be one (in all modesty) very significant advantage I can offer my Photo Workshop pals


10 plus years of cycling through virtually all regions of France sharing (albiet briefly) the lives of the people of ALL Nationalities that make French Country Travel Life such unique and rewarding adventure.


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Imagine the landscapes I’ve seen. The people I’ve met. And, not to forget, the food and wine I’ve tasted. And more to the point for my snappers, imagine 10 years (and counting) of awesome, incredible once-in-a-life time images. And (again, in all modesty) the experience that comes from everything I went through to snag them.

Experience that I can and will impart to the best of my ability. So that you will be able to personally share the indescribable beauty and wonder to be found in this here land. (The reason I’m still here, evidement!)


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Are there other Photographers who’ve lived in France for 10 years Plus? Absolutely. Have they travelled extensively through this land that they also love?

That’s another big “10-4.” Have they spent 5 months a year for 10 years in a different village/town every day? Je pensez pas (“I think not”)

BOTTOM LINE: DA BG has the MOST intimate knowledge of what France has to offer. For all folks. But for Photographers especially.


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That is why, if you’re serious about having the highest level of emotional experience, and the images that flow from that experience….you know the answer to : Why Choose Bicycle Gourmet’s Photography Course Workshop France 2014?


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French Country Travel Life – Made in France?



French Country Travel Life – Made in France?

You would think, right? But so much of  French Country Life(and it’s City cousins’) is imported. And not just the obvious stuff like Music and Movies. While there are, obviously French Supermarket Chains, We have two Giant German “discount” outlets that are not only in France, but all over Western Europe like a cheap suit.

And, as you might expect, their enormous buying power allows them to offer, for example, the same quality of orange juice for 96 cents (the “centime” died with the Franc, folks) – that the French Chains flog at 2.50 euro plus. (Can you say: “Globalization?”)

The result of all this economic “competition” has been for French entrepeneurs to loudly thump their chests (and isn’t that the best way?) proclaiming(and proving) that their products are “Made in France.” A not so subtle appeal to patriotism. Ignoring the obvious fact that budgets and hunger are not. And, equally are not flexible.

You may recall, a few years back, the film: “Supersize Me.” Which documented a young American’s “culinary voyage” of 30 days “dining” exclusively on fast food from a hamburger chain whose mascot is a clown with his first name beginning with ‘R” and the last starting with “Mc” (hint: not Scots or Irish) Aportrait” of (some of) the food “Made in the USA.”

Now, Benjamin Carle, a young French Journalist has attempted a more healthful but complimentary equivalent. Living all aspects of his life (not just the food) from those wonderous things “Made in France” for 10 months.

Our amis at France24.com have the patriotic details:

“On a budget of only 1,800 euros (2,480 US dollars) per month, Carle travelled around the country, immersing himself in a culture with which he says it’s easy to lose touch – especially as a young person in France today.

By turning his camera on his experiment, Carle explores a range of social, cultural, political and economic questions: What are the strengths and weaknesses of French industries? Can the French economy be saved if everyone makes an effort to buy French products? Can France progress scientifically, technologically and culturally without relying on foreign influences and collaboration?

Some of the conclusions he drew from his nine-month stint as an “economic patriot” were bleak.

I feel like in France, we don’t really reinvent ourselves,” Carle told weekly magazine L’Express. “The only products we still manufacture here are those that most characterise us as French…in terms of clothing, for example, it’s sweaters and Breton sailor jerseys [navy and white striped knitted shirts]. The rest, T-shirts and pants, are all designed abroad.”

That said, Carle told L’Express, typical French clothing is hardly out of fashion. “Wearing only French-manufactured clothing could actually become a hipster thing,” he said.

No condoms, but lots of ‘Happy Meals’

Aside from his favourite pair of jeans, other things Carle had to forgo were his cell phone, laptop and condoms, none of which, apparently, are manufactured in France. “But we do make lubricant!” he added in an interview with culture site La Trempe.

Inspired by a call from Socialist politician Arnaud Montebourg, France’s minister for economic renewal, Carle quickly realized that helping renew the economy also meant renewing his ties to his own culture.

In interviews with the press, the young man described how buying only regional French food products (“produits du terroir”, as the French call them) forced him to cook, and in turn inspired him to take his time savouring the meal – a French tradition.

He has also said that he was surprised by the places he was able to find meals that were made exclusively from French products. In Paris’s ethnically diverse Belleville neighbourhood, Carle noted that two spots were reliable in offering 100% French meals: a “banh mi” shop, which prepared the famous Vietnamese sandwiches using baguettes from the bakery next door, French-raised beef, French-grown carrots, and a homemade mayonnaise made from French eggs; and McDonald’s, where the meat and potatoes are all from France.”

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