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I live in Medoc, Bordeaux and have found people sometimes take wine too serious and make it too complex. There are good wines and there are bad wines. But at the end of the day it is about enjoying a glass of wine. And that does not need to be expensive. My Bordeaux wines (various regions) all vary between 6 and 10 Euros. Sure I have 100+ Euro bottles (Paulliac and Saint Emilion), but that is not necessary.

Here I am eating a quick lunch of mussels in garlic, herbs and peppers, with tomato soup and dark bread with butter. In the background you will see a box of Saint Emilion. That is a great drinking wine and better than most regions average wines.


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Watched the BBC 3 Documentary; "My Brother the Terrorist". It is the story about a brother who's brother that became a terrorist and trying to understand why. It was REALLY good!!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042m637
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+Hadi Hariri Remember our discussion on where Europe will go? Remember how I said that Merkel will change tack? Well here you go, Merkel is changing tack!!!

http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/wahl-in-frankreich-merkels-wachstums-agenda-bestaerkt-hollande/6569744.html
Angela Merkel redet plötzlich auch über Wachstumsstrategien für die EU. Das bestätigt den französischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten François Hollande in seinem Wahlkampf. Er sieht sich bereits als Sieg...
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Well I just connected my Google+ to my Blogger blog... Nice...
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Now that is disappointing. I have been running some tests with Raspberry Pi, and it failed. This is the second time I have had to reformat the SD card because of update corruption. Two separate instances. This is a Raspberry Pi issue as I have used Linux…
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Funny, but well made rant on Windows 8:

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What a fucked up joint! I had about 17 Amazon deliveries that I had sent to my home in France. I did that because certain things will not be shipped to Switzerland. ALL, and I repeat ALL (DHL, UPS, Fedex, Le Post) arrived within the week. In fact some arrived in 2 days which made me panic as I am used to 3-5 days in Switzerland. EVEN THE CHINA package came within a 1.5 weeks. Chronospost? Wow what a place. First unlike everybody else they don't leave a paper that they were there. They call and if you don't respond within the minute they consider it a lost cause. Then even if you are there they will not bother to find your place. I had excuses like could not find house, could not find keycode entrance. THERE IS NOT CODE entrance at our place. Then when I stay at the house the guy called and asked if I am there. I said yes. He arrived and said I am leaving as nobody is there. I said, wait I am here. He said, no doors are closed. He did not bother getting out of his truck, opening the gate, and looking BEHIND the house. Remember I was at the house answering the phone. Only when he saw me did he stop and give me my package. Then when I looked in this truck, nothing was neatly packaged. It was all thrown together into a pile. I was thinking, hopefully all is well packaged by the others. Mine was ok as it was tools and they break other things, and not get broken. I WOULD NEVER EVER EVER USE THEM!
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
excellent place. great food, great staff. though as a north american they are a bit touchy feely, wellness factor for me. that i did not appreciate whatsoever because i dont like being massaged and soothed.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Truth be told I booked at this place because there was nothing else. My wife and I happened to travel on the wrong dates (dates when Italians are on holiday) and since this was short notice I took what I could. All I can say is wow! In a nutshell the experience is one of old Italy. Where people are friendly, food is awesome and the pace moves less hectic. Mind you the gentleman was into wellness, which actually made us chuckle a bit. I chuckled a bit because it seemed out of place in a town that seemed very old italy. The contrast of a clean modern B&B in a town that had its own pace. I want to highlight that I was impressed on how clean and well done the B&B was. The design, and touches were incredible. Nothing was left out of place or done incorrectly. The breakfast was wellness focused, which was so-so on our part. What we ended up doing is eating the breakfast and then grabbing a sandwich. I am not saying the breakfast was bad. On the contrary the coffee, and what was offered was very good and very original. We were not filled and we needed more. Note: If the B&B owner is reading this review, PLEASE DON't CHANGE the breakfast. We liked it because it was something original and interesting. The air conditioner worked and you want to use it. Often at night people are doing things in the town and since you are in the middle of town it will get noisy. Thus you close the windows and turn on the air conditioner. The beds were very comfortable and easy to sleep on. Now about the town. You can read about what to do and see. But the following is my experience since we did none of what to see and do. My motto is that I like to be with the "natives" I also had to buy a pair of shorts and while the store was well, traditional it was awesome. The lady actually knew my size just from looking at me. IMO That is a LOST ART!!! And she tossed me a pair of shorts that actually looked good on me. While I am not obese I am overweight and I find these days shorts are not cut for people like me. Of course they were awesome to wear. While this town had only two restaurants within walking distance they had about six ice cream cafe/bars and the ice cream was superb. Due to the time we were there we only managed to try the pizzeria. It is not on the map, but it is beside the police station. Again superb! Very traditional and very family oriented. Not fancy. For example when we had wine the usual process is to open the bottle and let me try it. The young waitress who was eager to try her broken English forgot to go through the hoops. She shortly after serving us wine, said, "oh you probably wanted to taste first yes?" I just smiled. The waitress is the innocence that stunned me regarding Casoli, and the BB. I think us and another couple were the only tourists in the town. But there was action. There were a couple of sports bars watching football. On the day we left there was market fest about to start, and so on. In other words it is traditional Italy without the tourists. Conclusion: The B&B is and is located in a place that at the time of this review are in a part of Italy that is traditional. It is not Tuscany with its "traditional Italy" designed by cookie cutter star architects. It is a place where people are just people. A place where you can very safely walk at night. A place where so long as you are not an ugly tourist you will enjoy. If you want conveniences like a restaurant every two buildings, fashion boutiques like in every big city, big fancy cars then don't come here. I am not dissing those conveniences, just saying people are different in Casoli. Yet, to illustrate, kids all seem have iPads and iPhones ;)
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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i am just out from a bicep tendon rupture operation on the elbow. i was extremely worried by this operation as nerves are nearby. if you google or youtube you read/see plenty of examples of people who have complications due to nerve damage. thus far all is superb. my fingers have feeling and can be moved freely. while he is not talkative he does very good work.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Very traditional and very family oriented. Not fancy. For example when we had wine the usual process is to open the bottle and let me try it. The young waitress who was eager to try her broken English forgot to go through the hoops of how to open a wine bottle. She shortly after serving us wine, said, "oh you probably wanted to taste first yes?" I just smiled. They are also flexible in their ingredients. For example we like four cheese pizza (from our time living on the Cote D'Azur), and the way they make the pizza from Cote D'Azur is slightly different. The waitress offered to change the ingredients. Finally I was offered a free espresso, only found out afterward, and have to say it was very good. If you are staying in Casoli, or near it, it really is worth the time and effort.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago