La Gironde

The Gironde is the estuary connecting the Bay of Biscay with the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. The Gironde and the Garonne are Bordeaux’s lifeline to the Atlantic Ocean, without which the city would not have developed into the magnificent wine-exporting port it became. When the National Assembly established the modern administrative structure of the new … Continue reading

Gorge Us

Somewhat out of character on this Friday, we had a destination in mind as we left Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: the gorge at Kekuetta, near the tiny village of Saint-Engrâce. We needed to get some exercise and hiking is our “thing.” It was a great drive. I mean it was a really, great drive: beautiful countryside… …with wonderful … Continue reading

Dharma Talk

We awoke early Monday in order to make the 2-hour drive to Thénac to visit Plum Village for the 9:00 a.m. Dharma talk given weekly by Vietnamese Zen-Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. Plum Village is a monastery for Buddhist monks and nuns and a practice center for lay practitioners of Mindfulness. It was founded in 1982 … Continue reading