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Showing posts from July, 2012

Architectural Delights of Dijon

Dijon, known throughout the world for it's famous mustard and wines, is also a city full of many medieval architectural treasures. During the 11th to 15th century, it was a city of great wealth and a centre for art, learning and science. Many of these buildings and works of art have survived and are still in use today.

There were also some spectacular tapestries in the church, unfortunately the light was too dark for a photo.

"Bonheur" on the "Bonheur"

"Bonheur", the French word for happiness, is the appropriately named hotel barge that gently carries it's passengers down the Canal du Bourgogne through the idyllic French countryside of Burgundy.

Annie and Paul Roberts, the owners and hosts of the Bonheur, add special touches to the day to make it memorable. While Captain Paul skillfully pilots the boat down the waterways, Annie works her magic in the kitchen.

More next time about some of the interesting places we visited with Paul.

Boutis of Provence with Madame Francine Born

This summer, I am very fortunate to be taking some classes in "boutis" with Madame Francine Born. Madame Born is one of the "Grandes Dames du Boutis" in southern France, and as such, has a vast amount of knowledge related to the history and the traditional techniques of the craft. Along with the many samples of her own work that she brings to the class for her students to study, she also has many stories to share about the history and the tradition of boutis. And of course, through out the class, priceless gems of technique are taught.

She showcases her work on her own website: or (Google will translate).

Her kits, as well as some of the materials, are available on her website.