Monday, April 14, 2008

Bubbling over...

After an unexpected absence, many apologies to regular readers. However, a blogging break perhaps gives the opportunity to reflect and take a fresh look - and hopefully the lack of recent quantity may be compensated for by future quality!

In fact, it is thinking of quality that has been at the forefront just recently, particularly following the last post and reflecting on France being rated again as number one country in terms of quality of life. In thinking about expat life much of our thoughts are about the practical challenges presented in terms of a foreign culture, language, administration, etc., but perhaps we should be thinking more about the positives that contribute to the enjoyment of being somewhere else - so, for another mini-theme in coming posts, we should take some time to discuss the pure pleasures of being an expat.

On that note, what better starting point than a recent announcement in France - seemingly untouched by worldwide economic events, it has been announced that the official Champagne area is to be expanded, taking in another 40 villages (and the related vine growing capacity) to cope with international demand for the finest fizz! Now that is taking the pleasures of life seriously...


Photo: Chance Agrella


4 comments:

JDot said...

I went to France back in 2000 as a trip for school.

I'd go back there this afternoon if I could. The people were nice, the scenery was beautiful and it is by far the best place I've ever visited.

Will Pow said...

Couldn't agree with you more! Perhaps this blog will inspire at least another visit...

Eric Paul said...

C'est vraiment trop francais ca... 40 villages de plus dans la region champagne (parce que c'est les petits plaisirs de la vie qui sont importants!)

Very nice post. It is necessary to stop and soak in one's surroundings to gain perspective whether on a large scale - living as an ex-pat, or on a small scale - taking time off from your blog to collect ideas.
Excellent.

Cairns Hotels said...

France is sure a very beautiful place.