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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born on this day 118 years ago. He is mostly remembered as an author, but he was also an accomplished aviator and many of his books are based on his experience as a pilot. I have chosen to write a post about him because it was requested by a reader but also because I have a few connections with him.

My first connection is that he was born in Lyon, like me. However, we were born in different “arrondissements”. He was born in the Presqu’île, which is the part of Lyon situated between the Rhone and the Saône Rivers, whereas I was born in the Croix -Rousse.

My second connection is that I attended the Lycée Saint-Exupéry in the 4th arrondissement of Lyon from the age of 16 to the age of 20. In those days, we referred to it as St-Ex and we did not…

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A new story set in the south of France…

Just to let people who may be interested know, I have my first novel on Amazon, printed and Kindle versions. Having waited in vain for agents to even acknowledge my e-mails, I have decided to self-publish because I would like people to READ it. It’s called Zazou and Rebecca, and is set in Southern France, […]

via A bit of self-publicity… — belovedalder


Originally posted 12 December 2011, I couldn’t resist as this magical kingdom combines several of my favourite addictions. Books, Writing, Books…



has less than a thousand inhabitants yet this small village is the home of more than 20 book shops. Perhaps it will come as no surprise that it is well known for its writer’s workshops.


The village square, adjoining the massive cathedral, has a delightful fountain and is a marvelous place to read, write, or watch the locals play péntanque.

Village du livre

There is a museum of the printing press with a myriad of presses and other printing equipment that has been used to create the printed word. The collection is extensive and quite impressive.
The village is located in the Midi-Pyrenees region and north-west of Carcassonne in the Montange Noir (Black Mountain). This lovely village has a proud reputation as being “Ville du Livres” Village of Books. In addition to the bookstores and the museum, there is a large stone complex of buildings that are devoted to…

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