Pont-Aven – “14 Watermills, 15 Houses”

A charming “tag” for a very appealing place.  That’s how the petite village of Pont-Aven was described in the 19th century – definitely a lovely hamlet known for watermills and a thriving port.  Today the river Aven surges down the Black Mountains and crosses through the village before flowing past  fertile farms to the Atlantic Ocean. The watermills helped […]

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Julia’s Lasting Love of France

I always seem to be on the lookout for something new to create in the kitchen, and there’s one natural choice that always inspires. Her raison d’être emerged in Rouen over a memorable meal at France’s oldest restaurant, La Couronne.  It was 1948, and Julia Child had never been to Europe and had little knowledge […]

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