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Chartres; Clean and then we Freeze

Chartres; Clean and then we Freeze

The Cleaner of Chartres by Sally Vickers

This summer we actually went to visit Chartres during our trip round Northern France and was absolutely charmed by the town.

A medieval city on many river with houses built such that a river flowed under them or by their side with an old landing stage and steps down. Many many bridges and narrow windy streets.

P1020068 P1020059 Chartres views

The cathedral too is delightfulP1020071 P1020080 Chartres Cathedral

and I was…

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Macaroni and 7 fishes and more…

Macaroni and 7 fishes and more…

shoesThe Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani

i give this book 4 stars. It had a very slow start and yet somehow you wanted to continue to read on.

It definitely made you want to join a lively and extended Italian family but then I couldn’t face the Sunday meals let alone the Feast of the 7 Fishes…

I looked this meal up on Wikipedia and also spoke to an Italian acquaintance who said that she…

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Paris, Second World War, and Music

Paris, Second World War, and Music

A week in Paris by Rachel Hore due for publication October 2014

A slow burning but sure book that hooks you into finding out what happened next to the characters. Based on the type of events that really happened during the second world war, the story of the child and her parents and Paris really keep you waiting to hear the next part of the story.
I liked the idea of the music link-ups and really…

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Cobbles and Fountains

We stayed in La Palma’s old town of Santa Cruz de La Palma. LA Palma street with cobblesThis is a mostly car-free, narrow alleyed, cobble streeted, wooden housed and balconied Spanish style town. Cobbles seem to be no object for the stiletto heeled locals! That said, I did find the local fashions rather stilted and overly fussy – over smart or over sparkled and over loud in many cases. I confess I did attempt to go shopping…

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I honour : Yoga, Murder and Mirth

Books I have read April/May 2014

I recently went away for a couple of weeks followed by a long weekend so managed to read a significant number of books – I shan’t bother to review them all in depth but give a few details and star rating for most.

In order of reading then:

  1.  Smoulder: 4*
  2. Burn: 3*

These are Shapeshifter ‘romances’ by Penelope Fletcher. I liked the first and thus bought the second…

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