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A Taste of French Wine.

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As I watched  the vines grow in the nearby fields and observed the bunches of grapes begin to soak up the summer sun I returned to a nice little publication I found some months back called 100 Chateaux Qu’il Faut Connaitre a Bordeaux. Deciding it was time to tase some French wine  I opted for one... http://maireadryanstravels.com/a-taste-of-french-wine/
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Vivre a Chevanceaux.

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Il y a presque huit mois que j’ai vécu à Chevanceaux  et je suis très contente d’être ici. J’habite dans une maison près de la ville avec mes deux chiens. Ce que je j’aime  le plus est d’être  près de la compagne qui est vraiment formidable ici. A ce moment les agricultures récolent  du blé, d’or... http://maireadryanstravels.com/vivre-a-chevanceaux/
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St. Emilion

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A trip to St. Emilion through vineyards that appear to go on into infinity is a very pleasant way of travelling and I would advise anyone journeying by car to avoid motorways and tollroads if they don’t want to miss the best that France has to offer.   Famous for its red wines made mostly from th... http://maireadryanstravels.com/st-emilion/
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Haute-Saintonge

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Chevanceaux lies in the southern part of Haute-Saintonge one of the nine areas that make up the department of Charente-Maritime, the others being La Rochelle, Rochefort, Re, Marennes-Olerons, Royan, Aunis, Vals de Saintonge and Saintonge Romane. Departments were an innovation of the French... http://maireadryanstravels.com/haute-saintonge/
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Exploring Chevanceuax

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I have been safely ensconced in my new home in Chevanceaux for the past seven weeks. The house has three double bedrooms for which I pay €850 a month. This includes all bills apart from water. My house is attached to a similar one which is currently unoccupied and is close to a small group of r... http://maireadryanstravels.com/exploring-chevanceuax/
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Ouarzazate Film Studios

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Next morning we went to visit the Ouarzazate Film Studios situated outside the town in a flat hot desert area and we were surrounded by groups of visitors interested in seeing where parts of some famous movies were filmed. I imagine the actors found it tough going out here in the middle of... http://maireadryanstravels.com/ouarzazate-film-studios/
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Easter Group Exhibition at Solomon Gallery

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Here is a short video of the current exhibition at Solomon Gallery in Balfe Street, right beside the Westbury. Its well worth a visit with sculpture and paintings by a variety of artists. I especially love Vadim Tuzov’s bull which reminds me of Picasso, and the acrylic painting of Bridget... http://maireadryanstravels.com/easter-group-exhibition-solomon-gallery/
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Telouet

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We were up bright and early next morning and as our bags were packed into two waiting four by four jeeps we breakfasted quickly on a simple breakfast of flatbreads, eggs and coffee.  I sat up front with Abdulkhader our second driver and an acquaintance of Judith’s husband who like Mohammad came f... http://maireadryanstravels.com/telouet/
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Ben Youssef Medressa & Menebhi Palace.

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After lunch we walked through the maze-like lane ways of the souk where even the most jaded of senses are restored to life by a myriad of colors, sounds and scents.  As we were a group on a mission we did not linger or allow ourselves to be enticed deeper into narrow cavernous shops where we ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/ben-youssef-medressa-menebhi-palace/
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Girls on Tour in Morocco

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The Djema el Fna, the Arabic name of the large meeting place well known to anyone who has ever visited Marrakesh, is said to translate as “assembly of the dead”. It was here that the heads of the Sultan’s enemies were hung out for display having first been pickled in salt by Jews from the Mella... http://maireadryanstravels.com/morrocco/girls-tour-morocco/
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Seafaring in the Ancient World

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Long before recorded history, humans discovered various means of staying afloat and some of these early methods remain in use to this day.The progression from reed floats to reed canoe may have occurred earliest in the Marshes of Southern Iraq and earlier examples look much like the one  in the ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/uncategorized/seafaring-ancient-world/
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The Ziggurat of Ur

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In 1988 along with some colleagues and an archaeologist friend I travelled to the south of Iraq to see the ancient site of Ur. Part of the Ziggurat that stills stands was generally out of bounds because of military security but countrywide knowledge of the Irish Managed Hospital in which I... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iraq/ziggurat-ur/
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The Tombs of Istanbul: "Everyone Loves Them".

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“Stamboul is submerged in tombs, everyone loves them”, wrote Le Corbusier on his visit to the East in the early part of the 20th century. This was not the case in the early centuries of Ottoman rule where to be buried intra muros was a reserve of the Sultan and members of important... http://maireadryanstravels.com/istanbul/tombs-istanbul-everyone-loves/
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A Taste of French Wine.

A Taste of French Wine. | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
As I watched  the vines grow in the nearby fields and observed the bunches of grapes begin to soak up the summer sun I returned to a nice little publication I found some months back called 100 Chateaux Qu’il Faut Connaitre a Bordeaux. Deciding it was time to tase some French wine  I opted for one... http://maireadryanstravels.com/a-taste-of-french-wine/
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Chevanceaux in Springtime

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Springtime has been spectacular in Chevanceaux. Following a cold, windy and very wet winter the past couple of months have seen the renaissance of plant life, which connects us to those who celebrated the rebirth of Osiris following his winter months underground far more poignantly than the... http://maireadryanstravels.com/chevanceaux-in-springtime/
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St. Emilion

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Exploring Chevanceuax

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I have been safely ensconced in my new home in Chevanceaux for the past seven weeks. The house has three double bedrooms for which I pay €850 a month. This includes all bills apart from water. My house is attached to a similar one which is currently unoccupied and is close to a small group of r... http://maireadryanstravels.com/exploring-chevanceuax/
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Moving to Chevanceaux in a BMW 2 Series GT

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Ouarzazate

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We took off once again and wound our way over the mountains passing by the salt mines that had enriched the Galaoui and Abdulkadher told me about his two sons Mohammad and Rasheed who were working at Hotel de La Valley in Ouarzazate where we would stay for the following two nights. He has a... http://maireadryanstravels.com/ouarzazate/
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Telouet Kasbah

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As the Sultan made his return towards Marrakesh via the Atlas Mountains winter snows began to fall and with it more and more of the camels, mules and horses, weakened from starvation and hundreds of men died daily. Heavy weapons were dropped by the ever weakening men but the main arsenal which... http://maireadryanstravels.com/telouet-kasbah/
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Eating out in Marrakesh

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Having done enough sight- seeing for one day we returned to our hotel for a swim in the garden pool and a rest before ordering a minivan to take all seven of us back to Place des Ferblantiers for fish tagine. Our arrival cause a flurry of activity around the outdoor wooden table but much to  the ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/eating-marrakesh/
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Marrakesh & the Majorelle Gardins.

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Following the Treaty of Fez in 1912 Morocco became a French Protectorate under its first Resident General Hubert Lyautey. Marrakesh had a population of 75,000, mostly living in the Medina, the Mellah and the Kasbah , and now saw the arrival  of European colonists. By 1913 the French numbered ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/uncategorized/marrakesh-majorelle-gardins/
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Spectacular Irish Ceramic Sculpture at Solomon Gallery

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Passing the Solomon Fine Arts Gallery (http://www.solomonfineart.ie/exhibition/a-fine-figure-ceramics/  recently I was enticed in by a new exhibition by three Irish Ceramic artists and was so capitated by what I saw that when one of the gallery assistant’s asked me if I needed anything my im... http://maireadryanstravels.com/irish-art/spectacular-irish-ceramic-sculpture-solomon-gallery/
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The People of Ur

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As we walked around the deserted area, the keeper pointed out the rough pebble- strewn depressions left by Woolley’s excavation team.  It was incredible to think that this grey barren soil had once yielded such colourful riches.  Amongst the 2,500 graves of post Akkadian times, most of which wer... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iraq/people-ur/
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Peopled or Inhabited Vine Scrolls

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Between the middle of the second and early third centuries C.E. classical architecture was assimilated into local traditions throughout the Roman Empire. Local variations of the vine scroll motif which first appears in Rome during the time of the Emperor Nero’s (54-68C.E.), are found throughout f... http://maireadryanstravels.com/uncategorized/peopled-inhabited-vine-scrolls/
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