I came to France  with two specific goals to accomplish: complete a book that I seem to have been writing forever and learn French. You can read about my writing, including a sample chapter of the work in progress, at janicemacdonald.com. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of my French!

The others  things I’d like to do while I’m here tend to revolve around eating, drinking  traveling as often as I can afford and, of course, observing.   I have thought of sub-titling this blog, and still might, “Alone But Not Lonely In France.”  In the short time since I arrived, I’m discovering that an advantage of being in a completely foreign environment and of not understanding much of the language, seems to be that even the most mundane things –shopping in a market, doing the laundry–are somehow interesting. In that sense, I find that while I might spend some solitary days, I honestly haven’t felt lonely.  I hope to capture as many of these moments as I can, I hope they prove entertaining or at least mildly interesting.IMG_0295At this point, the blog entries are  distillations/adaptions of posts, e-mails, jotted down impressions, etc.  They’re mostly, but not always, chronological.  In time I hope to impose some order on it all.  Since all the photos on the site are taken with my elderly iPhone, the quality is, to put it kindly, not so good.  Still I hope they at least convey some sense of the place.

A tout a l’heure!

15 comments on “About

  1. My husband and I escape the cold weather of Michigan for the sunshine of the Languedoc. We love the wines of Virgil Joly and live not far away, near Lunas. We are happy to share our area with you, too!

  2. I hope you’ve finished your book. I’m in Italy and I’m still writing my first travel memoir … five years and counting!! I think I’m nearly there, have been distracted by things like childbirth … so happy to have found your blog!

  3. Hi, thanks for your note. The book is finished . . . sort of. At the moment it’s with an editor. Good luck with yours, writing definitely takes perseverance and a lot of determination. Childbirth would definitely be a distraction. Your blog is lovely, beautiful pictures and an interesting concept. I will definitely add it to my list of blogs to follow. Best,

  4. Thanks!
    Happy to hear your books done, it must be very exciting for you, finding a place for your baby, of sorts.
    I think writing a book and having a child are closely related.
    Glad to have you following!
    I’m doing a redraft of mine, the last few chapters a messy and there are many things I’ve had to cut out that would make interesting articles related to Sicily, here’s to find homes to my creations too.
    All the best

  5. Bonjour, Janice. I found you going down memory lane via Tom Thompson via Lee Zurcher. I sent you a friend request on Facebook. I am a Francophile and very happy that I’ve found your blog.

  6. Trishia, do you live in Vancouver–WA or BC? I met a great couple recently who are from Vancouver, BC and spend part of their year here in an amazing place in Pezenas. She’s an artist. Margot Paris. Life is full of strange coincidences–for want of a better word–wonder if you know her?

  7. Janice, I’m in the ‘other’ Vancouver in Washington state known as Portland’s suburb:)! I don’t know Margot Paris but now you’ve piqued my interest. I’ll have to check out her art.

  8. “I’m discovering that an advantage of being in a completely foreign environment and of not understanding much of the language, seems to be that even the most mundane things –shopping in a market, doing the laundry–are somehow interesting.”
    This! It’s one of the reasons we love being on the road so much I think. Everything becomes new again. Our child’s eyes are opened.
    Thank you so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.

  9. Janice … Hello.
    Perhaps you remember the would-be author who came to dinner once when you were living in Port Angeles. After living in Mexico and other various and sundry locales I find myself once again in the PNW. I was curious to see if you were still in the area. However, I see you made it back to Europe. Good for you. I’m on Facebook and, of course, email if you would like to touch base. I like the blog.
    Peace and Passion. Michael Bayliss.

  10. A little here, a little there. I have been living a bit of a vagabond life since last I saw you. Not really conducive to a steady writing schedule. Perhaps my journals will now be put to use as I look to rekindle the prolific output I had at the time of meeting you. I am looking at where next to lay my head and commence the next chapter of life which will include the writing. Your place looks so beautiful and you are as lovely as I remember. Would be good to see you again.

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