The Straight and Narrow Way

Le Mont St. Michel is an island fortress that rises out of the mud flats at the edge of the Atlantic ocean. Inside the walls the road climbs upward in a series of concentric circles. At the top of the fortress is a medieval monastery, crowned with an ancient Abbey,...

The Pardon of Our Lady is Unavoidable

Le Pardon de Notre Dame du Roncier is unavoidable. It is carried all around the city and delivered right to your front door. It is proclaimed from speakers in every corner and displayed on banners that hang from every window. The bells in all the bell towers toll both...

The Malestroit Perspective

In my line of work there’s a great value placed on collaboration. Resistance to change, even change that seems threatening, is seen as negative, as something to be overcome. But here in France the terms are loaded differently, as I was reminded today when I...
Fest Noz

Fest Noz

There’s dancing in the square tonight, in front of the Marie (town hall). The musicians are playing the Breton pipes (a version of bagpipes), fiddles, accordians and other traditional instruments and the whole town is dancing. There are circle dances and square...