Lost In Limoges

From the sheep-dotted pastures of France's underpopulated Southwest, Limoges rises in all its grey glory. The city's claim to fame: fine porcelain. The half-timbered houses of the Medieval center are surrounded by strip malls and McDo. Land-hungry Brits descend with flailing pocketbooks (thanks, RyanAir). The weather is remarkably cool year-round. Sure, I live on rue de Nice, but this is NOT the Cote d'Azur. Welcome to Limoges, "the middle of nowhere"-- or as Pierre says "everywhere"-- France.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Strike against the Strike

Update on the massive transportation strikes: now there is a movement to "Stop la grève!" They are actually striking against the strike, carrying placards and wearing stop sign buttons through the streets of Paris. La grève is costing millions of euros, and folks-- usually sympathetic to this sacred right of labor unions-- are fed up. Vive la France! La grève-- as quintessentially French as a buttery crossaint-- is the instrument by which political protests, social protests, just about all statements are made...


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