Wednesday, May 31, 2006
A number of my readers have expressed interest in the Millau Viaduct, so I thought you might enjoy a trip around it in a convertible bus. Click here for a link to a France 3 video of delighted tourists trying out the new vehicles. (Once on the site, you have to click on the video link, identifiable by a little video camera.)
Everything's in French of course, but the pictures tell the story...have fun!
Monday, May 29, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Speaking of swimming pools, which I just did for Expatica, more and more Aveyronnais are having them built. I recently took the plane from London to Rodez, and as we were descending toward Rodez, I could see so many swimming pools that I wondered if we weren't landing in Toulouse.
It looks like this local resident has found another solution for cooling off over the summer.
(photo courtesy Thierry Jouanneteau)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
When I started my two blogs five months ago, I was reluctant to reveal my real identity. I wasn't that clever, though. How many Americans with the initials B.C. have been living in Aveyron for 11 years? Just me, myself and I -- as far as I know.
With the publication of my first freelance article on Expatica, which includes a bio linking to this blog, the gig is definitely up.
Au revoir, bcinfrance. Hello, Betty Carlson.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Now I know why. According to a major study just released by L'Express magazine, Aveyron is indeed the best department to live in in France -- for senior citizens! Overall, we come in 26th, which is pretty respectable, but I can take comfort in knowing the situation will improve with each passing year of my life.
So why is Aveyron so great for the elderly? Take a look at the chart that ranks the department (out of 95) on different criteria:
Rankings for Aveyron
Coût du logement (Price of housing) 21
Dynamisme économique 44
Enseignement supérieur (higher education) 77
Météo (weather) 26
Offre de soins (available medical care) 80
Puissance économique (economic strength) 74
Réussite au bac (success rate in the Baccalauréat exam) 18
Situation sociale 2
Santé des habitants (Residents' health) 1
So despite medical offerings towards the bottom of the list, Aveyron's residents are the healthiest in France. We live in a "secure" atmosphere -- read little crime -- and have an excellent "social situation", whatever that means -- I won't even attempt a translation! And the department is green and clean.
If only I were 75 years old, I could appreciate all of this more fully!
(If you live in France, you may enjoy checking out how your department ranks by clicking here.)
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
As you know from my "Time of the Signs" posts, I love French signs. I always get a little thrill from finding one for some long-forgotten shop or business.
Andrée must have been quite the hair stylist in her day. I wonder what became of her and her salon.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
My blogging friend Emily from What's for Lunch, who lives in Paris, took me to task in a recent email for saying that I just had to get out of the sticks! She dreams of the countryside, but I dream of the big city -- much as I love Aveyron. So don't be surprised when you hear that three days after getting back from London, I headed off to Montpellier for the day.
I was able to get a peek at some of the city's inner courtyards, but also, as always, the unfortunate "artistic" creations of the city's taggers. I don't know if all French cities are this full of tags, but in Montpellier, you can see this urban phenomenon everywhere.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Yes, I did go to London and had the most fabulous of times.
Yes, I am having trouble getting back into the swing of work, housekeeping, family and daily life...and blogging.
No, I won't bore you with amateurish photos of my trip.
Yes, I will soon get back to writing about the main subject of this blog, Aveyron and life in la France Profonde.