Monday, January 7, 2013

New Years in St-Jean-de-Cole


I spent New Years Eve with old friends in the Dordogne region of Southwest France. Patrick and I stayed at Maison Rose, a 400-year-old row house that my friends, Mary and Jim Oppel, have restored; it's now a vacation rental for discerning travelers. The house is in the middle of St-Jean-de-Cole, a tiny village (150 inhabitants) of tile-roofed stone houses centered around a former abby and a 13th-century chateau. The church bells ring every hour on the hour. At 8 a.m., the hour of "les matines," they ring for a full three minutes. If you're not awake by then, you will be.

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