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Julia Roberts …from page 3 ham Hotel in Pasadena, Ca. She looked amazing, but confided that she had to make a sacrifice for her role in The Normal Heart. Roberts, who plays Dr. Emma Brooker, noted, “They made

me put on weight so it would more fit the role.” At the HBO press conference, reporters wanted to know how she felt about “taking on an unglamorous role.” Roberts was amused by the

thought. “It’s funny, when a girl just looks like a person, she is unglamorous,” she said smiling.“Of course, I’m just saying.” Despite a lot of interest in her personal life, it was more fascinating to hear about why she signed on to do the HBO movie.“My relationship with Ryan [Ryan Murphy, producer-director of The Normal Heart, also of Glee and American Horror Story] provided me with such an incredible education, and this definitely is another stone on that path of knowledge that we share together, because I have been asked twice before to play this part, and both times I turned it down.” Why did she turn it down before, only to accept the role now? Roberts reported there were“conflicts of time, but my inability to fully understand who this character was. So when Ryan asked me to play this character, I said, No. I don’t think he heard me, so I was like, Well, maybe. But I don’t think I can.” What happened after that? Roberts said, “Ryan called me back, and I thought, well, just let me ruminate about it a little bit.

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FYI LAUGHLINES Just down my street and over the tracks was the Welland Drive-In, the hub of summer activity. Walking to the concession stand in the dark, you had to be careful not to trip over a speaker chord or a brassiere. Kids today have sex-education classes. Malcolm Hilton and me, we had binoculars and the Welland Drive-In. Towering 70 metres over the Welland Canal, the lift bridges were our midway rides; the last kid to let go and plunge into the blue water below as the bridge rose slowly skyward, won. The last kid still holding on for dear life, but chickened out of jumping, had to stay up there until the boat went under and the bridge came down. He lost. I went fishing with Jimmy Creighton at John’s Lake, which was really just a big pond. I brought fishing tackle; he brought dynamite. Suddenly, there was an explosion and a lot of fish swimming upside down, but nothing for me to catch. I went duck hunting only once, with Allan Creighton at nearby Mud Lake. I shot him in the leg. We were both quite surprised. To this day, I thank Allan – for not returning fire. That could have gotten ugly in a hurry. I smoked my first cigarette

with Malcolm Hilton out in the bush near the construction site of Dain City’s new subdivision. I coughed and spit my way through a long, unfiltered Viceroy cigarette Malcolm had nicked from his older brother. On my way home, I vomited green bile on my desert boots. That was my last cigarette. Among all those little settlements that sprung up in the first half of the 1900s, Dain City has won the war of attrition. I was a bat boy on a Dain City softball team that played against Perry Station, White Pigeon, Cooks Mills and Netherby. None of those villages exist today. I’m amazed at the number of kids who never left, stayed to raise their own kids in this quiet, safe setting. Occasionally, I take a slow drive through the village. Little has changed. The school is now an apartment building and two of three stores are still operating. Then Allan Creighton spots me and starts running like hell toward Buffalo, NY. Dain City – a tough but vibrant village that survived the test and ravages of time. The reunion was long overdue. For comments, ideas and copies of The True Story of Wainfleet, go to williamthomas.ca

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alyi’s soda shop/gas station. We hung out at Mihalyi’s. Sid Hilton would sit at the end stool slurping Coke through a straw he crushed because it make the drink last longer. Frank sold cigarettes to kids for two cents each. Deed’s Place, a tiny pub and diner, occupies that property today. Evans General Store was also the post office and the Walmart of its day. It seemed the Dain City Hotel, on the canal next to the railway bridge, had always been there. Once a stagecoach inn, where the horses were bedded in the basement, the Dain City House over the years was a brothel and illegal betting shop. I delivered the Saturday newspaper to both of the bookies – they were by far the best tippers. From public house to a private residence, “The Dainer” is now an abandoned building with a couple of chip wagons in the parking lot.

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I am turning 80 this year and am finding it increasingly hard to keep up the pace of my first fifteen years of retirement. I would love to continue the ALCS activities that have become so much of my life, but I no longer have the energy do it. So I have made a decision to resign from the Board, comforted by the knowledge that someone out there will replace me and get to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that working for ALCS has brought me. ALCS welcomed its first campers last summer. In this transition from a plan to a reality many volunteers are still needed, including people with totally new skills and abilities. ALCS now has a new office. Volunteers are needed to man the office. ALCS now has a site by a lake with two cabins and a dry camp ground ready

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BrainFood By Ellen Ashton-Haiste The existence of a strong and positive relationship between diet and health, particularly at mid-life and beyond, is far from a new idea. Information abounds about nutrition for heart health, controlling diabetes or warding off diseases like cancer. But for many people, this stops short of aging brain issues, including cognitive decline and more frightening conditions like Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In fact, there are many foods that can keep our brains healthy as we age, says Leslie Beck, registered dietitian and author of more than a dozen books on nutrition. “For many of the risk factors for cognitive decline, nutrition and diet play an important role in either preventing them or reducing their effects,” says Beck, who has joined forces with the Women’s Brain Health Initiative to educate Canadians about the relationship

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For a broad-based diet strategy that’s heart protective, Beck recommends the Mediterranean diet. “It’s what we, today, call the gold-standard diet,” she says. “It’s been the focus of many large, long-perspective studies that have linked it to protection from a number of chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s.” It’s a plant-based diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, light on red meat, with the central fat being olive oil. So, it’s a diet high in anti-oxidants, important because the brain is particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress. Since it uses vast amounts of oxygen, it’s a primary breeding ground for free radicals, which are controlled by anti-oxidants, Beck explains.

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acids, particularly DHA, essential for good brain function, Beck says. This Omega 3 comprises a large proportion of the brain cells’ communicating membranes. “If you have more Omega 3 fats in your brain cell membranes, it keeps them flexible so memory messages get passed more easily between them,” she says. Beck recommends oily fish like salmon, trout and sardines. DHA is also anti-inflammatory, important because inflammation is another risk factor for cognitive decline, she says. Vegetarians and non-fish-lovers can get DHA in a supplement made from algae, “which is where fish make their DHA from.”

Green, green

Leafy greens – spinach, kale, Swiss chard, rapini, arugula – high in anti-oxidants, are another key brain food. Beck cites a large Chicago study that followed older adults and linked those who

ate more than two vegetable servings a day with a 40-percent-slower rate of age-related cognitive decline.“And when they looked at which veggies seemed to offer the most protection, it was leafy greens.”

house-cleaning process” by triggering cells called microglia, that remove toxins that build up with age. “If we allow them to build up, these microglia aren’t doing their job properly and that can impair brain function.”

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If those greens are sauteed in a vegetable oil, there may be extra protection, Beck says. Some oils – particularly sunflower, safflower or grape seed – are great sources of vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant, she explains. Other good sources include hazelnuts, peanuts and peanut butter.

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Berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries, even pomegranate seeds and red grapes – get an A-grade as well. They are high in polyphenols, another category of anti-oxidants that fall under the umbrella of flavanoids. Polyphenols, Beck says, activate the brain’s “natural

B vitamins – particularly folate, B6 and B12 – are important to good brain function, Beck says. “There have been a number of studies showing that low blood levels of those B vitamins is a greater risk for cognitive impairment and also stroke.” And in seniors, a low B12 level has been shown to accelerate cognitive decline. B6 is found in meat, poultry, bananas avocados and B12 occurs naturally only in animal foods, like meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs. Best sources of folate include cooked spinach, cooked lentils, black beans, asparagus, broccoli, avocado and artichoke. Supplements are an acceptable source for these vitamins, she adds.

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To say that Joseph Bermel Jr. – also known as The Putting Doctor – is passionate about golf would be like saying Tiger Woods knows his way around the links. Bermel, of Long Island, N.Y. also knows a thing or two about marketing, having launched his own DVD, How To Putt Well, and even a practice putting cup bearing his name and logo. But while this golf instructor and travelling golf show entertainer can talk the talk, he can also walk the walk

when it comes to putting. One of 15 children, Bermel started caddying while in Grade 8, and starting playing while attending the University of Dayton, Ohio. He’s been a golf instructor since 1981, and confirmed his status as an elite putting instructor with his runnerup finish, following a playoff, in the New York State Finals of the World Putting Championship at Elmira, NY in 1996. Travelling throughout the northeast U.S. and into Canada with his road show, Bermel said putting is really about the six inches between the ears. “The number-one key to putting is organization of your mind. If your mind is not organized, goodbye!” said Bermel. “Organization is everything.Your mind tells your body what to do.” Bermel, a creature of habit who said he has owned only three putters over the last 42 years, is a proponent of what he calls PPR: the preputt routine. “If you don’t

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Let’s agree to never say… Which diet is best for you? Here are some options, as I see them. Moderation, a diet consisting of eating whatever one wants but in reasonable portions, is considered stupid and boring. It assumes that we would actually agree to eat a large piece of salmon and a small piece of chocolate, or a large portion of vegetables and only a bite or two of chili cheese nachos with guacamole and extra sour cream. The public has not only soundly rejected this diet, but the governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, is now in favour of a bill to allow citizens to not only be allowed to carry their handguns in bars, but to use their weapons to soundly beat anyone seen eating a balanced diet in a South Carolina restaurant.

This leaves us in a quandary, even greater than that posed by having to choose between pepperoni or Italian sausage on our deepdish pizzas. Namely, what kind diet do we follow, when we are not otherwise occupied on Facebook or playing Words With Friends? The following are some popular diets that North Americans follow: The Halloween Candy diet: While most Americans would be hard-pressed to assert that a diet of Halloween candy would put one on the fast track to optimal health, the truth is that many people are on this diet for at least part of the year. Aside from the plethora of choices rolled out on supermarket shelves in anticipation of the holiday, the candy itself is usually touted as “fun size” or “mini size.” These images are far more appealing than“jumbo size,” or even “gastric bypass size.” They allow us to consume

vast quantities of sugar and chocolate in teeny tiny bitesize portions. Many Americans have discovered the Paleo diet, named after Bud Paleo, a prehistoric entrepreneur who started a chain of fastfood mammoth-burger restaurants back when all food was not only pure, but a lot of it could run really fast and then kill you. The Paleo Diet includes grass-produced meats, fish and seafood, fruits and veggies, eggs, nuts and seeds, and healthy oils. None of these items will run fast and then kill you, especially the nuts and seeds. Another popular diet that doesn’t force anyone to be moderate is the GlutenFree diet. Most North Americans have now found themselves to be glutenintolerant, even though they have no knowledge of what gluten is, other than a vague belief that it has something to do with glue. For this reason, following a gluten

diet consists not of avoiding certain foods, but instead, of simply buying anything that shouts “gluten free!” Because of this, manufacturers of clothing and hair products now carry glutenfree labels. The governor of South Carolina has been quoted as saying, “South Carolina has a long, proud history of intolerance. We are excited at the prospect of adding glucose, whatever the hell that is, to the list of things we are intolerant of.” Other North Americans have been following the Subway diet (the popular sandwich chain, not the underground rail system), inspired by an ordinary man named Jared Fogle, who lost a huge amount of weight by only eating Subway sandwiches. Subway devotees have just now been shocked lately to learn that Subway, which touts their freshbaked bread, uses azodicarbonamide in their bread, a

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prepared the food. Other diets are either Low Carb (another substance that no one actually understands but simply buys products that say “low carb!”) or Low Fat or FatFree or Sugar-Free or Peanut/Soy/Dairy/Additive/ Conflict Diamond Free. They all have their merits, when combined with obscene amounts of exercise. In sum, we don’t care which diet you follow, as long as you are careful when travelling through the state of South Carolina to not reveal that you know where Life in the Boomer Lane lives.

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Pilgrims’ Pathway

By Igor Lobanov-Rostovsky It’s one of the world’s longest-established walking trips, drawing both the devout and those dedicated to a holiday that can be a moving retreat. For 10 centuries, those on the spiritual path have trod a holy route known as the Way of St. James, a pilgrimage that can commence at any of four starting points in southern France or northern Spain. Most pilgrims still travel on foot or ride a bicycle. A few choose the medieval way, on horseback.

For 10 centuries, pilgrims have followed the footsteps of St. James Many will walk for weeks, even months, on what is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route from Le Puy in south central France to Santiago can take 2 1/2 months. The distance from the Spanish village of Roncesvalles, north of Pamplona near the French border, to Santiago is 800 kilometres. Some trekkers meet the

minimum requirements by setting out from the village of Sarria, which has bus and rail service from other parts of Spain. Regardless of the distance and starting point, they’re all heading for the town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain’s northwest region of Galicia. Its revered cathedral claims to contain the remains of St. James the

Apostle. Pilgrims are easy to spot. They wear the Christian symbol for St. James: a scallop shell. If you’re travelling by foot or bike, your most essential gear is a backpack. When loaded, it should not weigh more than 10 per cent of your own weight. Avoid the temptation to take items “just in case” because you can buy whatever you forget

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at markets and shops along the way. A water bottle and first-aid kit are musts, plus a small towel, soap, and clips to hang up laundry to dry. You’ll need a sleeping bag and mat if you’re not stopping at inns on the route. Well-broken-in waterresistant mountain boots a half size larger than your normal shoe are your best footwear. Always wear dry cotton socks to avoid blisters. Putting Vaseline on your feet before donning the socks will help keep blisters at bay. Take a pair of flip-flops to give your feet a rest at days’ end. If you choose to bike the route, you will have to pedal on local roads in some spots. A mountain bike is best. Take a helmet, waterproof gloves and basic repair kit. You’ll be riding with loaded saddlebags so practise riding this way before you leave home. Accommodations in the towns and villages along the way include rural lodgings, hotels, parador hotels (former castles, monasteries, and other historic buildings), guest houses, campsites and the traditional pilgrims hostels. These last, also called refugios or albergues (in France: gites d’etape) provide dormitory sleeping accommodations and are either free or require a small donation to cover the cost of cleaning and maintenance. Privately owned hostels cost a bit more. During summer months, and other times when the regular places are full, sports centres, churches and other places will accommodate pilgrims. Hostel accommodations are on a first-come, firstserved basis until 8 p.m. Pilgrims on foot are given first priority, followed by those on horseback and then cyclists. Except in the case of illness, travellers are limited to one night in each hostel. They open at noon and no

noise is permitted after 9 or 10 p.m. Breakfast is included and departure in the morning is by 8 or 9 a.m. The average daily distance for walkers is 20 to 30 kilometres. For bicyclists, its 60 to 70 kilometres. One’s age, physical condition or other factors dictate the pace of travel. Some pilgrims use a support car. Signs that point the way may be almost anywhere: on walls, the ground, trees, stones, and posts. If you’re uncertain, ask someone nearby and you likely will be pointed in the right direction. Spring to autumn is the best time to make the trek, with July and August the hottest and most crowded months. Wear comfortable clothing, with a sweater for cool nights and a hat and sunscreen for the days. Drink lots of water during the day, filling your water bottle from the many drinking fountains along the way. Have a hearty breakfast. For lunch and dinner, there are restaurants, cafes and other establishments where you can sample local dishes. Often, they have a“Pilgrims’ Menu” at a very reasonable price. You’ll need to show your “Pilgrim’s Passport,” a credential issued by the first hostel you stop at, or at the associations of Friends of the Way (Amigos del Camino) before you set out. Then you have it stamped in each town where you stay overnight. As a certificate of accomplishment, it entitles you to the “Compostela” given to pilgrims who have completed at least the last 100 kilometres to Santiago on foot or by horseback, or the last 200 kilometres by bike. To obtain a Pilgrim’s Passport before leaving home, look for Canadian Company of Pilgrims at www.camino. ca/. To view their newsletter, e-mail Austin Cooke at Austin@santiago.ca. For more information about the Camino de Compostela, visit Leslie Gilmore’s website at caminodesantiago.me.uk/sbout-2/.

Pilgrims on the Way of St. James near Saint-Martin-des-Champs.


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ENDERBYOLDTIME DANCECLUB

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Saturday, March 22 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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HALINA CENTRE (in Vernon's Rec Centre) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM • Admission: $7 ea. • Info: 250-545-7753

MEETING

Thursday, March 13: Jungle Tribes of South East Asia

MARY STOCKDALE explains how community resilience comes from applying ‘traditional’ ecological knowledge in the face of outside influences.

March 17 • 7 PM

Thursday, March 20: Bugs and Us: Entomology in the Okanagan WARD STRONG, entomology research scientist at our Kal Forestry Centre, makes these small 6-legged neighbours come alive for us with his intriguing stories and incredible microscopic images.

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Annual FREE Seed & Plant Swap/Sale Wednesday, March 27 • 6:30-9 PM Schubert Centre • Vernon 6:30 PM: Seed & Plant swap/sale 7:30 PM: AGM (short!) 7:40 PM: Composting talk and demonstrations with experts. Everyone is welcome. Bring a carload! SPONSORED BY THE SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT NETWORK SOCIETY (www.sensociety.org)

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Join Cod Gone Wild for a special St. Patrick’s matinee show to help them celebrate the release of their brand new album, entitled Battered and Fried. They will be performing the entire album front to back plus some of their personal St. Patrick’s Day favourites. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 students/seniors $92 group of 4 tickets www.codgonewild.com

March 13-16; 19-22 @ 7:30 pm BLACK BOX THEATRE, KELOWNA April 3 & 4 THE HUB ARTS COLLECTIVE, VERNON Don’t miss this award winning campy musical romp by Ethan Cole - it is a fun adventure that you will be glad you had the pleasure of catching. Advance tickets available at selectyourtickets.com

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Enjoy an evening of Celtic music featuring the Okanagan Celtic Choir and the introduction of the third independent album “Battered and Fried” from Cod Gone Wild.

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5. Star of the County Down (Trad)

6. Whiskey in the Jar (Trad)

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8. Black is the Color (Trad)

9. Canadiana Fiddle Medley

LET’S GO GREEN TO THE (Trad)

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11. Have You Ever (D.Whitty)

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Irish Stew Dinner & Dance Made in Canada

Sunday, March 16 • Happy Hour @ 4:30 pm followed by Dinner @ 5:30 & Dancing • Tickets: $10.00 each

Creekside Theatre 1. Bridge Tournament Mixed Pool Tournament Sunday March 16th, 2014, 3:00pm

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ashore. The Dieppe raid, codename Operation Jubilee, has been controversial since the moment news of its outcome reached the world. How could it have gone so terribly wrong, and who was at fault? In Tragedy at Dieppe, Zuehlke tackles these questions through the personal accounts of soldiers, sailors and airmen. These anecdotes form a narrative of the planning and execution of the raid that is brimming with personal insights from everyone involved, from the decision-makers to common soldiers who wouldn’t even learn the raid was happening until a few hours before it began. Through Zuehlke’s highly detailed descriptions of the politics around the raid, the

plans that were adopted and then abandoned and adopted again, growing and becoming more complex and unmanageable, and the grand fiasco of the training exercise codenamed Yukon that preceded it, make it sound almost impossible that the Dieppe raid got off the ground in the ifrst place. As he leads us through the experiences of the soldiers during the raid itself, we watch heartbroken as one batalion and then another sopes with the reality of the ill-fated operation. However, as Zuehlke says in his epilogue, “Honouring the sacrifice of those who fought ar Dieppe requires no justification for the raid.” Tragedy at Dieppe, now available in trade paperback for the first time, stands as a tribute to the brave men

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Canal Barging in France …from page 22

who met disaster on the beaches of France on August 19, 1942. MARK ZUEHLKE was nominated for Canada’s premiere history prize, the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. Widely hailed as Canada’s leading popular military historian, he is author of more than twenty books, including the popular Elias McCann mystery series. Zuehlke lives in Victoria. “His is a truly moving presentation, with quotations and facts that make this piece of history something to read through your tears.” - Winnipeg Free Press “A painstaking reconstruction of a military project that was doomed from the start.” - Toronto Star

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Luxury on the Loire Canal barging in France: so easy, so luxurious, si doux

had decided to take an ultra deluxe French canal river barge trip on one of European Waterways’ barges, there was a pause in the conversation and almost in unison, eyebrows were raised. Didn’t we mean the larger, more exclusive river cruisers? was the first query. Not quite the same, I explained. The barge is narrower and smaller but it has all the

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The Renaissance cruises the Loire in the vicinity of the Canal de Briare. EUROPEAN WATERWAYS PHOTO

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ESCAPE that sold everything. Gien is known for fine china and porcelain, and I found the cheeses, bread and clothing boutiques to be quite fine as well. While in Briare, the other five opted to go to an ancient castle, Sully-sur-Loire, a medieval fortress. One of its claims to fame is that Jeanne d’Arc came to visit on many occasions. I decided to walk through the streets of the small town – I have seen quite a number of castles over my years of travel writing. In this lovely, tiny village, I met a few locals as I sipped coffee at an

mix of intelligent and amus- which contained surprises ing conversations. each day. Chef Ollie had The mode was slow and already been to the town easy. Take a walk, or use the where we had stopped for available bikes to go over- the night to get the freshest land and meet at the next breads, fruit, fish and meat. stop. No need to rush off My favourite stop had into a crowded lobby to line been on my priority list for up for tours as they must in the longest time. Chateau the large cruisers. Fontainebleau is one of the Our point of departure most beautiful palaces I’ve was just over an hour out- seen and it’s been kept in side of Paris. The first day an impeccable state. Luckwe learned to appreciate ily, since it’s not on most what would bevisitors’ itinerarcome an excities, it was easy "I can’t recall ing ritual – oba trip that had to move through serving Captain the wondrous something for halls and rooms Laurent navigate everyone from and get a close the locks of the the finest wine, look at the furniriver. None of us took these cheeses, meals ture, objets and experiences for to the supreme drapery. granted. In fact, Another uncomfort level. the navigation usual highlight had to be very No wonder many was Pont-Canal guests return." in Briare, an elprecise since one could actuegant town with ally touch the sides of the a most unusual canal denarrow canals, only inches signed by Gustave Eiffel of away. Captain Laurent was Eiffel Tower fame circa 1895. totally dedicated and never This aqueduct, or bridge, distracted, never leaving the was constructed as an elewheelhouse. vated canal across the Loire The deck, though not River below. Imagine being large, was where we could on a canal over a river! lie back and watch the gloriThere were other visits ous scenery. We had options to privately owned manors, for activities each day that a very quirky chalet with a we discussed as we nibbled moat, and a morning maron our buffet breakfast, ket in the village of Gien

The writer enjoyed a tour of the Chateau Fontainebleau.

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outdoor cafe. There wasn’t one person who didn’t say bonjour when they passed. Small French towns have a tendency not to take themselves too seriously, and instead of the snobbery seen in Paris, here they were pleased to help out a stranger. With all my walking, I was feeling tired and it must have shown, since I was offered and accepted a ride back to the barge. Merci monsieur. How can you talk about the French and not discuss food and wine? Chef Ollie was a master. There was no pressure to dress for din-

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The saloon on board the Renaissance is a comfortable sitting area.

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ners; however, we did all manage to wash up well and look spiffy in our casual chic

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