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Suzanne White

Author • Adventuress • Astrologer

Life on the Run

CORRENS The Most Organic Village in Provence

by Suzanne White - on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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CORRENS – The Most Organic Village in Provence

This past Sunday, a friend and I had been driving around La Provence Verte for hours. She is looking for property to buy around here. She wants to do organic farming. We had been checking out the territory all morning. It was 1 pm. We were starving. Because the village of Correns is all about growing organic foods we chose to try to have lunch there. The town square had two chancey looking cafés. The owner of the less chancey told us to go across the road to the Auberge du Parc and to hurry because they might close early.

From outside this hotel/restaurant looks older than dirt and maybe not too savory. But inside! It's a romantic poem. Decorated with refined taste yet not pretentious. The garden restaurant is large and was crowded with happy lunchers. The woman waiter was in such a hurry she asked us to wait for a table. We did that. She set us up in no time and brought out bread and water and a bottle of the delicious local rosé. I ordered the lunch at 30 euros. Foie gras, roast lamb and nougat glacé. The best of everything! Just the best! My friend had the organic menu. A lovely mixed salad, chicken tajine style and a special home made caramel cream in a glass. We loved it all. At the end of our meal, the rail thin chef and his rail thin wife came out to fold up cushions and get the outdoor dining room ready for the dinner crowd, I told him how impressed we were with his cuisine. He smiled a modest grin and nodded "merci". Then I said, "I have never eaten a better nougat glacé. Anywhere." He replied, "You are not the first person who has told me that." I said I understood why. He then set about telling me how he makes it. "You start with nougatine" I didn't know what nougatine was. Turns out it's crunchy like peanut brittle only instead of peanuts and sugar it's made of honey and almonds. After smashing the nougatine to smithereens, he adds all the rest of the ingredients - including "a confetti of fruits confits" (glazed fruit bits). It's crunchy and creamy and fruity honey ice cream.

Put Auberge du Parc at Correns on your bucket list. You can sleep there too. They have 5 rooms. Average room price 89 euros. ($104). Quiet. Elegant, Unostentatious and the food... And the food! And there is a lovely pool and a pretty outdoor seating area. Phone Tél : +33 (0)4.94.59.53.52 What's more? Angelina and Brad lived in Correns for a few blissful years before folding up their tent and moving on. Even though the movie stars have flown away, Correns has remained delightful, ancient, authentic Correns.

 

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SORROW AND REGRET

by Suzanne White - on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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 SORROW AND REGRET 17 SEPT 2018

Today I found myself crying. The arrival of this weepy episode was unexpected. Since my kids evicted me from my house in 1998, I have not cried. After that event, I refused all emotion. The pain of what had happened was so deep and pervasive that I knew I would never live through more of the same. So I blocked all entries to emotion.I knew that If I cried about what had happened, I would die crying. So I blockaded emotion. Never again would I trust or believe blindly in anyone.

So many years have gone by. I've had cancer and heart disease and broken my hip and lucky for me always I have recovered. Today, on the French TV news they showed in some charming town in Provence that the small individually owned shops were shutting down. One after the other. That people no longer come to town and search for that perfect dress for that perfect soirée. Now they go to the mall or buy online.

So I was sitting here, as I so often do, watching the TV news which comes on at 13h. At some point they began talking about small businesses closing down. No more cute shops. No more small family run restaurants. Nor more jewelers or butchers or charcuteries. They are just simply closing their doors and leaving. As the news person spoke, I was sinking into my chair, thinking about the slow but sure demolition of all that I knew about living in a town. My town. Nowadays
"You want something? Go to the mall." It was then I suddenly found myself in tears. Sobbing for the loss of my world. ©suzannewhite2018

 

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A DYING RACE - The Boston Brahmins

by Suzanne White - on Monday, September 10, 2018
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MA TRANSHUMANCE

by Suzanne White - on Sunday, August 19, 2018
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The Tuscan City of Lucca

by Suzanne White - on Monday, June 25, 2018
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I go to Lucca often. Recently, I took this photo of the city from up hIgh. As you can see, Lucca town (Population 390,000) is entirely surrounded by fortifications. The dimensions of the walls are startling. 4 kilometers long. Nearly 30 meters wide. Made up of 11 different earthworks.  

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Nobuyuki Tsujii

by Suzanne White - on Monday, April 30, 2018
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NOBUYUKI TSUJII - A young, (Virgo/Dragon 1988) blind Japanese pianist whose emotion-filled playing moves audiences around the world to tears. My pal Karl Jesse introduced me to this wonder. Take time out to listen to his performance.  

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Snow Storm in Paradise

by Suzanne White - on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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It's snowing big white pompoms here in the beautiful, sunshiney south of France. The snow is coming down fast and thick like a heavy rain. It's blanketing the trees and roads and fields in pretty white fluffy stuff that nobody from this neck of the woods has a clue how to function in. Everyone in the clinic is cackling about how (and if) they will get home and back for work tomorrow. 

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The Longest Plane Ride

by Suzanne White - on Friday, February 23, 2018
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Callas, France, February 22, 2018. After fracturing my hip and having surgery to replace the broken bit, I have been in this rehab clinic to learn how to walk for more than a month. I committed that hip fracture crime by means of a spectacular tripping episode, full body flight and crash landing in my bedroom on January 15 of this year. I have been out of hospital post op with a prosthesis where my hip bone once was for quite a spell. I am currently looking at another month or more of physical therapy here. 

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God Doesn't Do Coincidences. You Can Bet Your Ass.

by Suzanne White - on Saturday, December 23, 2017
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God doesn't do coincidences. You can bet your ass.” Matthew Quick , The Good Luck of Right Now

Monday morning at 9 I went out to move the car. I was shocked by the freezing cold day. So I decided I better drive to the mall to look for gloves. As the French say, "I broke my nose" on that mission. No gloves this year. I gave up on gloves. This store I was in is one of those mammoth football field-size we-sell-everything stores, complete with blaring voices promoting cheap smoked salmon or champagne for Christmas. 

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A Spider in My Bed

by Suzanne White - on Thursday, December 21, 2017
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Barbara Campbell wrote to say her hair was also straight and lank and blond like mine is now. But she added, "I have pretty eyelashes". This remark reminded me of an incident that happened in 1965. So I wrote back to Barbara:  

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Author Suzanne White

About Suzanne White

Best-selling Author/Astrologer Suzanne White is American, but she has lived all her adult life in France. In 1971, she began writing articles for women's magazines and by 1975 had written her first book about Chinese Astrology. Suzanne has published six best-selling books on both western and Chinese Astrology. She has been dubbed the "High Priestess" of both Chinese & Western Astrologies by her readers and critics from around the world. All of Suzanne White's books remain in print and all are available as e-books. Since 1995, White has been a continued presence on the Internet, at first working for both AOL and Disney sites. In 2001, she started her own web site . This most original and amusing web site has been an enormous success and given Suzanne White's name even more global recognition than she previously enjoyed..