So, this was my Christmas dinner:     In case you’re wondering, here is what was on the menu : Duck magrets, aligot, Parma ham (I’m being told that the Italian term is used in English for some reason, probably sounds sexier than just “ham”, so I meant, prosciutto […]

Not your typical Christmas dinner…


So, this is Christmas vacation (called “Winter vacation” in Japan) and among other things, I’m watching movies and cartoons with my kids. Last night, we watched Frozen. Believe it or not, it was the first time I saw it. Here are a few of my impressions (in no particular order) […]

Frozen



  Water Lily in Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu, Japan    

Water Lily


  I posted a similar picture a year or so ago, but here is an updated one from last summer (the previous one being almost 10 years old).   This is the Dordogne River valley, seen from the village of Domme. It is in my opinion, one of the most […]

The Dordogne Valley, seen from Domme



  Kanapaha Gardens is an awesome botanical garden located just outside of Gainesville, Florida. Here are some old pictures from back when I lived there (if I am to trust the timestamp, they’re from August 2004):     I remember it being more “flowery” but maybe it wasn’t the right […]

Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville, Florida


    I don’t think I’ve ever been to the Rambouillet Castle, nor in its park or forest. However, I doubt it has changed much since the day that picture was taken.    

Rambouillet – Castle and Park



  One thing I like about being a dad in Japan and the tons of improbable toys that one can find here. Sometimes, they’re a bit too over-the-top, but at other times, they’re really imaginative and fun. For example, Tomica, the main manufacturers of small toy cars (the Japanese equivalent […]

Star Wars Cars


  So, I just returned from spending a little more than three weeks in France. For you, if you’re a “typical” foreigner, France might be this amazing place you dream of visiting (unless you’ve already done it), or instead, if you’re an idiot loser, you may think that it is […]

In France