From Saint Rémy to all around the globe: BONNE ANNÉE 2020!

Hotel de Ville morning in Jan 2020
With a sharp blue sky overhead, Saint Rémy’s City Hall shines brightly on a crisp January morning.

Before turning my attention to the wonders that await us here in France this new year, some important words of appreciation to you, dear readers. From the bottom of my heart, a thousand thank yous–mille fois merci!–for your continued support of Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie. Since its publication, it’s been incredibly gratifying to hear from readers who have connected with the book–which brought this blog to life. It means the world to me. Thank you so much.

And now it’s time to write a follow-on book, The Birdwatcher’s Wife. It’s based on Ralph’s big birding year. Between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2020, he worked on his goal of spotting 200 species of birds en France. To that end, we spent the year crisscrossing the country from the Camargue on the Mediterranean Sea to the Brittany Coast to St. Jean de Luz in the Basque region, not to mention a couple of forays to the Alps and one to the Jura.

All those treks go a long way to explain the limited blogs I posted last year and the writing of the new book will help explain the undoubtedly few that will pop up this year. But, hopefully, an entertaining and informative book, featuring lots of oixeaux flying through France, will emerge.

I’ll check in from time to time! For now…

Wishing you all the very best for a happy, healthy and hopeful New Year.

Bises, Gayle

Stes Maries de Mer dusk
As dusk falls, Ralph finishes his big year at his top birding destination, Saintes Maries de Mer, the capital of the Camargue.




One thought on “From Saint Rémy to all around the globe: BONNE ANNÉE 2020!

  1. Hello Gayle and Ralph — I so enjoy reading about your adventures in France and really look forward to The Birdwatcher’s Wife. A marvelous collaboration! It would be a truly Happy New Year if you two were to appear here in the desert in 2020! Love, Katherine


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